WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Senior Night for South High School is slightly different this year due to vandalism.
South High was supposed to face off at home against West High School on Friday.
However, sometime overnight Thursday, someone drove through two sets of fences and onto the field, causing significant damage to the field.
It appears a “burnout” was performed, causing at least two deep ruts in the artificial turf and leaving behind tire marks across the surface.
The district says about $10,000 of damage was done at Carpenter Stadium.
Due to the damage to the field, the district didn’t want to risk player safety, so they decided to move the game to a neutral site.
Both teams played their final game of the regular season at Goodard’s Eisenhower High School’s football field.
“It is, you know, unfortunate, and it is kind of cumbersome to try to make your way out to someplace that you never played before, and it being Senior Night that makes things even more difficult, but this too shall pass so we’ll make it through,” said South High’s Athletic Director John Martin.
This is the second act of vandalism at South High’s field this year, but the other one didn’t impact play.