Booster and band programs fall victim to theft
The stadium’s concession stands have yet again been broken into. The most recent occurrence happened over fall break, the second time this year. The first time the concessions were broken into happened during Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, these two break-ins are not the first to occur. In total, the concession stand has been broken into eight times.
The band program, which uses the concessions during football season, is the victim of the break ins. The Decatur boosters program, which also includes the lacrosse and soccer teams, has also been victimized by the frequent intruders. The parents from the band and booster club volunteer to operate the concession stands for the games. During the incident over fall break, the thieves stole around 200 dollars worth of supplies. These thieves enter the concession area by prying and damaging the shutters which cover the concessions. The shutters hadn’t been repaired before the fall break incident. During this most recent incident, the refrigerator was damaged when the person(s) attempted to break open the lock. The refrigerator was a donation to the band, and now it is without one and they do not have the money to purchase a new one.
The Booster club lost up to around 1,000 dollars worth of products. Luckily, no cash is kept inside the concession area over night. “I was very disheartened each time I discovered the thefts,” A Decatur Bulldog Booster (DBB) representative said.
“We work really hard to raise money for student athletes and the band does the same for their [band] members and every penny counts….The bottom line is that it is the students who lose with these thefts…. It also makes me mad to see our beautiful stadium trashed in such a way.”