Posted: Aug 31, 2011 9:45 PM by Shawn Kline
Updated: Aug 31, 2011 9:53 PM
The banners are going up at Cougar Field and just in time for Friday's home opener against Sulphur. However, that plan was sacked Wednesday afternoon.
"We believe Sunday evening somebody came in and vandalized our field," Principal Audrey Menard said.
Lafayette Police report an unknown liquid, possibly gasoline, was dragged more than forty-yards across the five-year-old turf. Graffiti, some of it explicit is spray-painted on the sideline.
Principal Menard says these sections need to be replaced before any kick-off happens.
"I was sad that someone would take out their anger on St. Thomas More." Menard says, "but I also think it's very manageable."
Parts of the turf are even torn up in squares. It's forced STM to move Friday's game to U-L. The school says the team could be back on home turf as early as next week.
"We don't think it's going to be terrible at all." Menard says, "but we're just taking every precaution."
Replacing the entire field would cost the school around $400,000 but officials don't expect turf repairs to be anywhere near that estimate.
The football team hopes to kick-off at home next week when they play Central.
Lafayette Police are still looking for leads in this crime and ask if you have any information on these vandals to contact Crime Stoppers at (337) 232-8477.