TAF calls Tiger Stadium break-ins disappointing
BATON ROUGE – For the third time in just over two months, police at Louisiana State University are trying to figure out who broke in to Tiger Stadium. The latest incident occured over the weekend.
According to campus crime logs, a stadium employee reported the break-in Sunday morning. The burglars entered Death Valley sometime between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.
The head of the Tiger Athletic Foundation, Rick Perry, called the cases “disappointing” in an interview with News 2’s Brett Buffington Tuesday.
"This facility is so important to people, and it's such an iconic place," Perry said.
In November, two Alabama football fans were busted after breaking in to the stadium and damaging the “eye of the tiger” in center field.
Pictures taken by ESPN showed a scratch across the on-field artwork.
Earlier this month, LSU police were called after burglars took an A-T-V joyriding in the stadium’s south end zone. The News 2 Investigative Unit confirmed that incident was caught on the facility’s surveillance cameras, but LSU won’t release that video while the investigation is underway.
The school isn’t saying much about the latest break-in, only promising that the security situation will be fixed.
In a statement, Michael Bonnette, the spokesperson for the school’s athletic department said,
“LSU Police continue to investigate the two issues we had this month with someone entering Tiger Stadium without authorization. Fortunately, there was minimal damage done inside the stadium. We are taking the necessary steps to prevent this type of unauthorized activity from happening in the future.”
Perry adds he trust the school will do what’s right to protect the stadium.
"When something like this is done I think it's just disappointing for most people to think that someone would not think about what they're doing and do something like that," Perry said.
News 2 asked for a comment on the cases from the LSU Police Department, however the campus police aren’t allowed to talk without permission from the school.