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Aug. 28, 2018 — The new home

The last several years, a number of teams in the Southern Preparatory Conference (SPC) have started installing artificial competition surfaces. One of the most prominent is in Houston, where St. John’s installed an FIH-compliant water-based pitch that, one year ago this week, withstood four feet of rain brought on by Hurricane Harvey.

The latest new turf in the SPC is on the floor of Jones Stadium at the Episcopal School of Dallas (Tex.). Last night, however, the Eagles didn’t use the stadium for its home opener against Fort Worth All Saints (Tex.), but used the smaller Founders’ Field, which is the grass pitch used by the soccer and lacrosse teams.

That all will change once the team begins its league schedule in one month. Three of the Eagles’ last four home games will be on Jones Field’s artificial turf, and will certainly have a positive effect on the team’s skills and overall play.