Major Melvin Owens of the Auburn University Police Department says that formal charges are expected to be filed sometime on Friday. AU police are still studying the incident to determine exactly what charges will be filed.
Photo of some of the damage done to the playing surface at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Early estimates are that approximately $10,000 worth of damage was done to the new playing field and stadium. AU has spent approximately $500,000 this summer totally redoing the playing surface and it was in prime condition prior to Thursday night's incident.
An old university pickup truck used by the stadium grounds crew was used to ram down the fence in the southeast corner of the playing field. That fence will have to be replaced. The vehicle then did a donut maneuver on the playing field and damaged fences along the sideline and left a mark on the new south end zone brick wall.
A golf cart used by the stadium crew was also taken and driven along the stadium concourse. It will likely be considered a total wreck after it crashed into steel doors on the East side of the stadium, damaging them, too. The pickup truck is likely to be considered "totaled," too.
On Friday morning, grounds crew members were already repairing the damage. Some new sod is on the way to repair the grass in the north end zone. Sources say police on a routine patrol caught two AU seniors trying to climb over a gate to get out of the stadium after the damage had been done.
The field should be ready for use in plenty of time prior to the Aug. 30th opener vs. Southern Cal.
(We will have more details as soon as they are available.)