Furman Paladins Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Head Coach: Clay Hendrix

Team Mascot: The Paladin

Year Opened: 1981

Capacity: 16000

City / State: Greenville / South Carolina

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Furman vs Citadel

Rival Team: The Citadel Bulldogs

The rivalry between The Citadel and Furman goes back to 1913 and has been contested every year since 1919, with the exception of 1943 through 1945. The The Citadel are one of if not the biggest rival of Furman meaning you want to miss it when the Bulldogs comes to town.

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Furman vs Wofford

Rival Team: Wofford Terriers

Furman and Wofford have the oldest rivalry in the state of South Carolina, and the two teams even played in the first football game in state history in 1889. The Paladins and Terriers long running rivalry is always a must-see event, so make sure to be in attendance when Furman and Wofford square off.

Furman Paladins Tailgate Guide


At Furman, you’ll find a lot of tailgating options making it one of the best places to tailgate in the FCS. Furman offers a visiting tailgate area, The Mall, and the Rugby Field for those of you who want to throw a tailgate party, and also is home to the Thirsty Paladin for fans who just want to grab a drink or bite to eat before the game. No matter how you want to tailgate, you’ll find something here for you.

The fans also make tailgating at Furman fun as people from all over the area come dressed in purple to cheer on the Paladins. Everywhere you look, you’ll see a sea of purple tents filled with fans drinking, grilling, and carousing before the game.

Finally, if you’re looking for some pregame pageantry, Furman has you covered. The Paladin Walk features performances by the band and cheerleaders as well as the ringing of the Furman Victory Bell. Head on over to Paladin Plaza an hour and 15 minutes before kickoff to see all the pregame festivities.

Furman is home to a vibrant tailgate atmosphere, so arrive early and enjoy everything pregaming at Furman has to offer.


Thirsty Paladin

The Thirsty Paladin is located on the patio of Timmons Arena and is a fantastic place to grab a drink or bite to eat. The Thirsty Paladin features beer, burgers, and brats, so stop by and fill up before the game.

Paladin Walk

Show the Paladins your support by attending the Paladin Walk. The Paladin Walk takes place an hour and 15 minutes before kickoff at Paladin Plaza and features performances by the band and cheerleaders as well as the ringing of the Furman Victory Bell. You won’t want to miss the Paladin Walk, so make your way to Paladin Plaza before heading into the stadium.

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Where to tailgate

Furman Paladins Stadium Guide

In Game

Furman is an amazing place to take in a football game as it features tons of pageantry, great fans, and a gorgeous scenic setting. Before the game even starts you’ll be treated to one of the most exciting intros in the FCS as the Paladins’ live mascot leads the team onto the field on horseback. After the intro, things don’t cool off as the marching band puts on a fantastic show throughout the game.

The intro also does an incredible job of working an already energetic fan base into a frenzy. The fans go wild when the Paladins take the field, and they don’t let up from there. All throughout the game, you’ll hear cheers and chants coming from the stand creating a fantastic in-game atmosphere.

Additionally, you’ll enjoy some beautiful scenery when attending a game at Paladins Stadium. From your seat, you’ll have an excellent view of the mountains, which along with the fall foliage create an idyllic feeling.

You’ll love your trip to Furman, so get your tickets to a Paladins football game today.

Things to check out

Live Paladin Mascot Intro

Don’t miss the live paladin mascot at every Furman game. Get to your seat early as the paladin and his steed lead the team onto the field. The intro works the crowd into a frenzy and is a must-see part of any Furman game.

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Take a look at the list of the Paladins football team’s championships on the locker room building. Here you’ll see a list of the program’s conference championships and national championships allowing you to relive all your favorite Paladins football moments.

Kids Play Area

If you’re taking the kids to the game, then stop by the kids play area near the home bleachers. The play area features all kinds of kids activities making it the perfect place to take restless kids during the game.

Paladin Fan Store

Pick up a souvenir from your trip to Furman at the Paladin Fan Store on the home concourse. Here you’ll find a wide variety of Paladins merchandise including t-shirts, hats, foam fingers, and more.

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The Paladin Regiment

The Paladin Regiment puts on a fantastic show at every game, so enjoy their performance throughout the game. Whether it's them pumping up the crowd on key fourth downs or dazzling the fans at halftime, you’ll love listening to The Paladin Regiment.

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The cheerleaders do an incredible job of pumping up the crowd with their cheers and chants. Join in the cheers and help propel the Paladins to victory.

Fight Songs

  1. Furman Fight Song

    All hail the white and purple
    Floating on high,
    Hear the shouts of triumph echo through the sky
    (Fight, Fight, Fight)
    Roll the cheering onward,
    Hail full and free
    Vic’try be now for Furman University!

  2. Furman Alma Mater

    The mountain city is her home,
    A mountain river laves her feet,
    And from far coasts her children come,
    And crown her brow with flowers sweet.
    And ‘neath her shade they rest secure
    And drink from wisdom’s fountain pure,
    Then rally loyal sons and true,
    For our dear Alma Mater.

    A ship of royal make is she,
    And brings her treasure from a far,
    Her truth it is that makes us free
    And shines her beacon like a star.
    “Twas Furman’s hand that laid her keel,
    And Judson set her ribs of steel;
    The fathers, prayerful for our weal,
    Launched our dear Alma Mater.

    A mother gentle, fair and wise,
    And grave with weight of storied lore,
    She greets us with love’s radiant eyes,
    And chains our hearts for evermore.
    Old Furman! grateful sons are we,
    Our love, our lives we give to thee,
    We’ll keep faith’s vow to serve but thee,
    Our own dear Alma Mater.

  3. FU Cheer

    FU one time!

    FU two times!

    FU three times!

    FU all the time!

Furman Paladins Bars & Restaurants

  1. Connolly’s Irish Pub

    Backyard Grill Beer Turfway Bar & Grill Beer The WingHouse of Daytona Speedway Beer The Golden Fleece Tavern Beer Darcys Restaurant & Bar Beer Hammers Sports Bar & Grill Beer MVPs sports Bar and Grille Beer Mtn Jax Beer Keg South of Homestead Beer Purple Turtle Beer The End Zone Pub Beer Gallaghers Bar and Lounge Beer

    Good food, great vibe, excellent service and awesome drinks!

    24 E Court St, Greenville, SC 29601, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. Carolina Ale House


    Our motto is food, sports & fun!

    1115 Woodruff Rd, Greenville, SC 29607, USA

    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  3. Blu Martini Bar & Nightclub

    Highlands Grill The Boathouse

    We are the best night club in the upstate with the most socially diverse clientele. We have nights designed for everyone.

    1 College St, Greenville, SC 29601, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  4. The Tasting Room of Travelers Rest

    The Tasting Room of Travelers Rest

    The Tasting Room is a premier wine and craft beer shop and bar offering a robust by-the-glass program, rotating draft beers, happy hour, cheese and charcuterie in a fun, welcoming environment.

    164 S Main St, Travelers Rest, SC 29690, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  5. Sip Whiskey & Wine

    Sip Whiskey Wine

    SIP Whiskey & Wine Bar is a vibrant yet sophisticated lounge with a lively full service bar and rooftop patio that offers unique small plates, wines by the glass, extensive whiskey labels, and SIP’s signature cocktails. Televisions showing key sporting events are located both inside and on the patio.

    103 N Main St #400, Greenville, SC 29601, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. City Tavern

    Beer mug Crafty Rooster

    City Tavern is Greenville's Arrogantly Shabby Downtown Daiquiri Bar!

    128 N Main St, Greenville, SC 29601, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  7. Nose Dive

    Nose Dive burger

    Urban comfort food enjoyed in the heart of Downtown Greenville. Dinner, lunch, brunch, and craft brews. Best enjoyed with great company and conversation.

    116 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  8. Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria

    Criterion beer Mazzys Brewballs Cogans Deli Sports Pub Kamikazes Libbys Bar Grill Knot Pub Cara Irish Mess Hall

    Excellent food menu and great drinks.

    25 W Washington St, Greenville, SC 29601, USA

    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  9. The Pumphouse Grill

    The Pumphouse Grill

    The PumpHouse Grill is the best place in town to relax, eat some great food, play pool, or sing karaoke!

    2640 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville, SC 29609, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  10. Big Clock of Berea

    Mister Smiths sandwich

    Family atmosphere, family food.

    7000 White Horse Rd, Greenville, SC 29611, USA

    Bar website

    american - bbq - $

  11. Mike & Jeff’s BBQ

    Mike Jeffs BBQ

    Small place with a big taste! All of our BBQ is hickory smoked outside, daily!

    2401 Old Buncombe Rd, Greenville, SC 29609, USA

    Bar website

    bbq - $

  12. Mama Maria’s

    JB Dawsons Restaurant Bar spaghetti

    Mama Maria's is a Greek and Italian restaurant offering a variety of your favorite Italian dishes such as chicken parmigiana, lasagna, spaghetti made with our homemade meat sauce and so much more.

    7611 White Horse Rd, Greenville, SC 29611, USA

    Bar website

    european - italian - $$$

  13. Peddler Steak House


    The Peddler Steak House is a Greenville landmark known well for it’s delicious food, cozy atmosphere and outstanding service.

    2000 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville, SC 29609, USA

    Bar website

    steakhouse - $$$

  14. Silver Bay Seafood Restaurant

    Silver Bay Seafood Restaurant

    Family-style seafood at reasonable family style prices.

    6513 White Horse Rd, Greenville, SC 29611, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  15. Bocca Pure Italian

    Bocca Pure Italian

    Bocca Pure Italian, a family-owned and operated ristorante, embraces creating authentic Italian dishes made with fresh ingredients every day with a passion for creating Italian excellence.

    2660 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville, SC 29609, USA

    Bar website

    italian - $$

  16. Daves of Berea Restaurant

    coffee Cougar Grounds

    Great food at good prices and friendly service.

    719 Sulphur Springs Rd, Greenville, SC 29617, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  17. Carolina Drive In Restaurant

    Tommys fries

    Friendly staff and great food.

    105 Rutherford St, Greenville, SC 29609, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  18. Monterrey Mexican Restaurant

    La Corona Taco La Chiquita Tacos Taco Corono Mexican Restaurant Tacos El Burrito Loco

    Great food menu and friendly service.

    2801 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville, SC 29609, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $