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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13 2013 6:46 p.m. MST

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A Guy With A Brain
Enid, OK

Article quote: "Investigators say the boys went to Davis High School about 8:30 p.m. Saturday with a container of gasoline, poured it on the north end of the football field and burned an 8-foot by 6-foot area.....Damage to the field was estimated at between $10,000 and $15,000"

Between $10,000-$15,000???

Even at only $10,000, since an 8' x 6' area is 48 square feet, that's a whopping $208.33 a square foot.

For sod?

Does. Not. Compute.

Northern
Logan, UT

Isn't it turf?

XiXi
Davis, UT

Yes. The field is turf that came from a company in Texas so it is really expensive to get people to come up to Utah and re-install the turf. The fire destroyed only a small area, but there was more damage from soot to other areas as well.

Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

Perhaps I am out of touch but two million dollars for the football field.

Maybe we have misplaced priorities

If the field is two million dollars how much were the bleachers?

owlmaster2
Kaysville, UT

@ A Guy With A Brain

That football field isn't sod. It's artificial turf manufactured in Texas. The visible burnt area isn't the total damage. There is damage UNDER the turf as well.

@ Iron Rod

Sports bring a lot of money into the school system. You put money in where you get money back ...

Ya'll just jump to conclusion without the facts and make judgements. Chill out man.

james d. morrison
Boise, CA

In SoCal, all the schools have the expensive turf and the fences around them are all locked and the only people allowed on them during the year are football players and the tracks are so nice that no one except the track team is allowed on them. No public use of the public school.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@owlmaster2

"Sports bring a lot of money into the school system. You put money in where you get money back ..."

When Davis high football nets $2 million in gate receipts then you can use that argument. Until then, a field this expensive is a waste of money.

mecr
Bountiful, UT

Can people here set aside the $$ about the turf and look at the fact that those 2 teen did it because they thought it was fun????

Is this generation really that irresponsible? I understand kids slacking at school, not cleaning bedrooms but setting a fire over public property? really?????

Big C
Murray, UT

mecr,

Perhaps why most people read this story was because of the headline about the multi-million dollar high school football field. ~Multi-MILLION? That can't be right... let me read this and see what it really meant.~ I find it flabbergasting that $2 million was spent on a field, of any sort, let alone a football field for a high school. That $2 million could have been and should be spent on something else much more worthwile... perhaps TEACHING our children something of value instead of putting those dollars on something they (a few) run around on. I agree with you that it is shocking and wrong that these kids lit it on fire. But let's not teach them anything and instead spend those resources on a field of turf.

JMHO
Southern, UT

It isn't shocking that teens would do this. This prank has been done for a hundred years. The difference is that everyone used to do it to grass and it would grow back. The sad part is that times have changed and there really is no legal, safe, outlet for teens to act like teens. But of course, that is just my opinion.

Hans Delbruck
Spokane, WA

Turf fields can be a great investment for HS's, especially in areas where maintaining a grass field can be difficult and expensive. Most if not all Portland, OR area HS's have installed turf fields over the past 2 decades. Our experience there was just the opposite of james d. morrison in So Cal - before the turf fields, the grass field was off limits to everyone but the FB team; at times, they couldn't even practice on it. Now the turf field is used constantly by various groups, 7 days a week, year-round - with several non-school leagues paying rent to reserve and use it on a regular basis.

The initial investment was hard to swallow, but in retrospect it's been a great thing, not just for the HS, but for the community at large - little league FB, soccer clubs, lacrosse clubs, etc. Much of the installation cost was donated by local businesses and supporters.

casual observer
Salt Lake City, UT

Writing this off as "boys will be boys" is a cop out. Choice and consequences has never been out of style, even hundreds of years ago. Perhaps the parents have learned something too when the invoice comes in the mail.

A Guy With A Brain
Enid, OK

@ owlmaster2 - Kaysville, UT @ A Guy With A Brain - "That football field isn't sod. It's artificial turf manufactured in Texas. The visible burnt area isn't the total damage. There is damage UNDER the turf as well."

OK, thanks for the clarification.

Hmmmm.....maybe I should go into the artificial turf business....

SlopJ30
St Louis, MO

JMHO said: "The sad part is that times have changed and there really is no legal, safe, outlet for teens to act like teens."

I have no idea what you're talking about. It almost sounds like you're saying torching fields was perfectly acceptable, apple-pie-and-Chevrolet hijinks back before schools had artificial turf. If that was you during HS, let's just say we would not have been running in the same social circles.

So, what you actually suggesting should be made legal that is currently not?

Sunny Day
Kaysville, UT

@Guy With A Brain
Instead of being appalled at the cost of the field in reality we need to be concerned with what these boys have done. They have broken the law. They have vandalized something no matter what the cost is.
@Ironman
I believe we have misplaced our priorities.
@BIG C
Kids need to be responsible for their actions no matter what the cost.
I feel that the issue on money is crazy when the issue is what the boys did.

eagle
Provo, UT

Provo HS recently put in an artificial surface. it will take time but it will pay for itself. Already it has had rentals from charity football games to youth football games. In the longterm it was a good investment for the school and community.

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