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Vandals Damage Georgia FB Stadium

October 1, 1999

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ University of Georgia officials said it might cost up to $100,000 to repair damage done to Samford Stadium by vandals who used bolt cutters to enter the facility then drove across the football field Friday.

School officials estimate it will cost $10,000 for a quick fix to make the field playable for Saturday’s game against LSU. Restoring the field back to its original condition might cost up to $100,000, school spokesman Pete Konenkamp said.

``It’s an extensive turf restoration problem,″ he said.

Two donut-shaped rings 20 to 25 feet in diameter were embroidered into the field. Workers began resodding areas where two-inch deep ruts marked the skidding vehicle’s tracks.

Konenkamp said university groundkeepers were concerned about possible damage to the field’s liner beneath the turf.

University police said they had no suspects.

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