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Southern Miss football completes new playing surface



HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The 2023 season of Southern Miss football will feature a new playing surface for the Golden Eagles at Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M.M. Roberts Stadium. The installation of the new-look field also serves as the first line of a new chapter in the storied history of Southern Miss football.

When Faulkner Field opened in 1932, few at the dedication ceremony would believe the structure surrounding the site today. In the nine decades since this dedication, countless Golden Eagle legends have helped build – in a few cases, with their own hands – one of the most intimidating and successful venues in all of college football.The 2023 season will introduce Golden Eagle fans to a state-of-the-art CoolPlay playing surface from FieldTurf. Southern Miss Athletics is no stranger to FieldTurf, as the Golden Eagles also utilize the company at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field and at Pride Field.

The CoolPlay system consists of a three-layer infill system of silica sand, cryogenic (SBR) rubber and a blend of the two laid down into a 2.5 inch tall ClassicHD artificial surface. With 9.2 pounds of infill per square foot, the new-look Carlisle-Faulkner Field’s surface has the lowest injury rate in the industry, along with a 40 percent increase in drainage. Additionally, the field is 35 degrees cooler than other traditional sand and rubber systems.

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