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Coming to Furman for the eclipse? Here’s what you need to know

On Monday, Aug. 21, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse that extends from Oregon through South Carolina and will pass directly over the Furman University campus. If you’re planning on coming to the Eclipse@Furman, here are some things you need to know.

  • Parking and admission are free.  No tickets are required.
  • People are advised to enter the campus from the front gate off Poinsett Highway. Parking attendants will be on hand to assist starting at 11 a.m.
  • Because Furman is expecting a large crowd, you’re welcome to arrive early and enjoy one of the most beautiful college campuses in America.
  • The Paladin Stadium gates will open at 11:30 a.m.  No lawn chairs are allowed inside the stadium.
  • The Furman campus is routinely cited as one of the most beautiful in the world. Come early for the Eclipse@Furman and see for yourself.

    Outside the stadium, a fair featuring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities for both children and adults will run from noon until 1:45 p.m. The activity area includes paid concessions, special music and access to water stations. Furman will sponsor activities focused on public health, fitness, eye safety, climate science and other topics. Outside groups will provide demonstrations on robotics, 3-D printing, MakerSpace opportunities and engineering career opportunities.

  • At 1:45 p.m., all participants are encouraged to find seating in the stadium (seating access will begin at 1:15 p.m.). The formal eclipse program will begin at 2 p.m. when Furman Physics Professor and faculty astronomer David Moffett narrates the guided discussion.
  • Total eclipse will occur at approximately 2:38 p.m.
  • Viewing glasses are free and will be will be available at the stadium entrance as long as supplies last, with distribution beginning at noon. One pair per person, and you must be present to pick up your glasses. If you have your own viewing glasses, you are advised to bring them.
  • Restrooms (including handicap accessible) will be available inside and outside the stadium.
  • No pets are allowed in the stadium or activity areas, but service animals are welcome.
  • There will be security checks at the Paladin Stadium gates.
  • What to bring: comfortable clothing, sunscreen, water bottle. Free souvenir cups will be available while supplies last. There will be water stations at the event and bottled water will be sold at concessions.
  • What not to bring: weapons (this includes weapons accompanied by a valid CWP permit), alcoholic beverages, backpacks, large bags, coolers, aerosol cans, laser light pointers, bottles. Prohibited items discovered during security inspections must either be returned to their vehicle or discarded; they will not be held for later pick-up.
  • Formal programming for the event ends at 3 p.m.
  • A campus map of Furman is available online here.

For general information, contact Gayle Warth, coordinator of special events, at 864-294-2186 and gayle.warth@furman.edu.  Media inquiries should be directed to Vince Moore, Director of News and Media Relations, at 864-294-3107 and vince.moore@furman.edu.

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