Vandals sprayed a chemical compound on the football field at
Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium this past week, according to a
press release from Director of Athletics Mark Driscoll.
“In the past 48 hours, it has become apparent that vandals
gained entrance into the stadium and sprayed a chemical compound on
the field,” Driscoll said in the release. “Our grounds crew has
been working diligently to rectify the situation.”
Gary Ozzello, director of media relations for the athletic
department, said workers at the stadium noticed something had been
sprayed on the field Tuesday. Today, the areas, which were sprayed
with a “U” and a “W,” became more visible.
Driscoll said CSU faculty turf specialists were called to the
stadium to treat the area. It is estimated that the affected areas
are 30 feet tall and 75 feet wide. The chemical compound has had a
noticeable effect on the turf’s color. Grounds crew personnel will
work the next two days to neutralize the effect before the 7:30
p.m. game Friday between CSU and the University of Wyoming.
“We did what we could to negate (the chemical),” Ozzello said.
“The field’s playability will not be affected for the game.”
Kevin McKinney, associate athletic director for media relations
at Wyoming, had no comment.