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Vandals use ATV’s to damage East Carolina’s field, stadium

Graham Watson
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(The Daily Reflector)

Three vandals did more than $35,000 worth of damage to the field and concession stands at East Carolina's Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium early Sunday morning while the team was playing a road game. Now, school officials are scrambling to clean up the mess prior to Saturday's Military Appreciation Day game against Navy.

According to police, the three individuals used Kubota utility vehicles to do doughnuts between the 30-yard lines. They also crashed the vehicles into concession stands and two water fountains.

William Banks, an East Carolina freshman, has been arrested in connection with the vandalism. Banks lost his phone during the destruction and was nabbed when he returned the next day to retrieve it. Banks was charged with breaking and entering, first-degree trespass, injury to real property and injury to personal property.

"That is our house," said ECU coach Ruffin McNeill, who also noted he wanted those responsible to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. "I just heard about it right before the press conference and that is incredible to me. Why would anyone destroy our house?

"Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium is very precious to me having played and bled on the field. It is really disappointing that someone or some group of people would disrespect us and this university in that manner. It is unacceptable and disappointing that someone would do that to our field."

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