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Football - Wed, Jul. 19, 2017 by Troy Baranik

Knights host home opener Sept. 9

By Amber Hatten - [email protected]

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Amber Hatten | Laurinburg Exchange The field for the St. Andrews football team is still a work in progress. The land has been leveled and the grass sprigs were laid down earlier this month. The scoreboard, bleachers and goal posts will be delivered at the beginning of August.

 St. Andrews will host its first home game on Sept. 9 against Cincinnati Christian University at 1:30 p.m.

2017 St. Andrews Football Schedule

All games will be played at 1:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

Aug. 26 @ Lindsey Wilson College

Sept. 2 @ Webber International University

Sept. 9 vs. Cincinnati Christian University

Sept. 16 BYE

Sept. 23 vs. Faulkner University

Sept. 30 vs. University of Pikeville*

Oct. 7 @ Bluefield College*

Oct. 14 BYE

Oct. 21 @ Point University*

Oct. 28 vs. University of the Cumberlands*

Nov. 4 @ Union College*

Nov. 11 vs. Reinhardt University*

*Appalachian Division game

LAURINBURG — It might not look like much now, but progress on the football field at St. Andrews University is on track, according to university officials.

The future home of the Knights football program, located behind the baseball field, appears to be a barren patch of grass and sand, but is on schedule to be completed before the university's first home game on Sept. 9.

The trees were cleared from the field last summer after which the ground was leveled, an irrigation system has been installed and just a few weeks ago Super-Sod's Tiff Turf Bermuda grass was planted.

Glenn Batten, St. Andrews athletics director, said there won't be a stadium, like what fans are used to seeing at larger universities like UNC or ECU, because the Knights will be playing small-college football.

"Fans will have a very different game-day experience," Batten said. "There are no long walks or shuttle buses, $8 sodas or seats in the cloud. It will be a relaxed environment."

Another departure from the norm is St. Andrews will not be charging admission during the Knights inaugural season. Batten said in lieu of ticket sales, fans are encouraged to give a small donation.

The football field will begin to take shape the beginning of next month when the scoreboard, goal posts and bleachers are installed, along with all the other game-day am-entities.

In keeping with certain college football traditions Batten said there will be tailgating before the 1:30 p.m. kick off each Saturday.

"What would small-college football be without tailgating? There will be plenty of parking for tailgating and corn hole games," said Batten.

St. Andrews also has plans to have a food-truck rodeo during their home games, as opposed to a typical concession stand.

The Knights will be playing in the Mid-South Conference, the country's largest football conference, which they are already a part of for wrestling and swimming. The remaining sports at St. Andrews participate in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC).

The Mid-South Conference features 20 teams split into three divisions — Bluegrass, Appalachian and Sun.

The Appalachian Division, which the Knights will be playing in, features Bluefield College (Va.); University of the Cumberlands (Ky.); Point University (Ga.); University of Pikeville (Ky.); Reinhardt University (Ga.); and Union College (Ky.).

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