Over the weekend, vandals ransacked the
of Legends to the tune of $10,000 in damages. The city school
district has responded with measures that involve hiring sentries who will watch
the field from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. until the facility opens in early September.
According to an
article in today’s Syracuse Post-Standard (obnoxious zip/age
"Do drugs I promise they’re good" was sprayed on the 40-yard line of the
stadium’s new turf. "CBA ’07" was sprayed on the visitors bleachers, and "CBA
Seniors ’07" was on construction equipment at the site, according to police.
No culprits, unfortunately. CBA is the school Nottingham opens its
football and soccer seasons against in a couple of weeks. Little point in
speculating about whether CBA students had a hand in any of it. Whether or
not they did, the whole episode makes the rivalry seem more rivalrous. I’m
also thinking about the spectrum of graffitist acts–from the flash mural
(sprayed in a frenzy) onto some dull retaining wall to more deliberate efforts
to mark, ruin, or inflict costly damages.