BEATRICE, Neb. --- Beatrice High School's new artificial turf football field has been irreparably damaged after at least 100 pounds of birdseed were spread on it, authorities said.
Several large bags of birdseed were ripped open and spread over the field sometime last weekend, school officials and police said. Whoever was responsible would have had to scale a 6-foot outer fence and 4-foot inner fence, they said.
Coaches discovered the birdseed Monday.
Activities director Neal Randel said workers have cleaned up as much of it as they can with a vacuum, Randle said, but that the damage is irreparable.
"It's into the fibers of the turf, and you can't get it out without pulling all of the crumb rubber that is there to support the turf," he told the Beatrice Daily Sun.
The $2.3 million field complex was constructed last year and dedicated in August. The turf cost approximately $290,000 much of it through donations.
Police are asking anyone with information to call them at 402-223-4080 or Gage County Crime Stoppers at 402-228-4343.
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