Vandalism Suspects Face Felony Charges

Auburn Athletic Director David Housel says the damage done to Jordan-Hare Stadium goes well beyond what would be termed a prank.

Auburn, Ala.--Two Auburn University students have been charged with doing approximately $10,000 worth of damage to Jordan-Hare Stadium.

AU officials said on Friday that Jordan G. Jones, 21, and Jeffrey B. Moran, 23, have been charged with first degree criminal mischief and third degree burglary. Both are felony charges.

Auburn has spent approximately $500,000 this summer totally redoing the playing surface and it was in prime condition prior to Thursday night's incident.

Auburn Athletic Director David Housel said, "This goes beyond a mere prank. The preliminary estimates place the damage at $10,000 or more. The whole situation is in the hands of the judicial system, which is right where it needs to be."

Tire tracks are visible on the field.

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.

Campus police arrested the suspects at 4:25 a.m. as they were running from the stadium on Donahue Drive, AU officials said.

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. Police arrested two suspects who were trying to climb over the security fence at the stadium after the vandalism to the stadium had taken place.

The field should be ready for use in plenty of time prior to the Aug. 30th opener vs. Southern Cal. Randy Byars, who is in charge of maintaining athletic facilities at AU, says it will take approximately two weeks for the grass roots to establish themselves in three areas where new sod is being placed. He says that by the time the Tigers open the season it should be difficult to detect the damage."

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