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Grace Christian unveils new football surface

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- No more bulldozers.

No more blue prints.

Most importantly, no more dirt.

"Coming off the field just dirty from a practice or a game, it's nice to be in an environment where you can control the conditions."

Grace Christian head football coach Randy McKamey made those comments Sunday afternoon just before the school unveiled its new playing surface at the football stadium.

The grass is gone. A synthetic turf was put in its place.

Grace Christian broke ground on the new field the day after the 2011 season ended.

"It's been a crazy three months," McKamey said.

The surface is the first of its kind for a Knox County school. The project cost roughly $350,000. Grace expects to save money in the long run because there's virtually no maintenance costs with the new turf.

And now the 2012 season can't get here fast enough for the football Rams.

"It's definitely gonna change the game. But I think, with the whole summer working on it, I think we'll be adapted to it pretty well," Rams running back Will McKamey said.

Members of the Grace Christian soccer team will be the first ones to use the new turf. The Rams will practice on the surface starting Monday.

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