Vandalism hits local football field

BELLAIRE – Staff and workers arriving early Saturday morning at Nelson Field in preparation for the Big Reds’ game against East Liverpool were met with a rash of vandalism.

Several areas of Nelson Field were spray painted with black ink with derogatory statements toward the Big Reds’ team, coaches and even the Bellaire community.

Bellaire equipment manager William “BeeBee” Marinacci was the first to arrive at the stadium shortly before 8 a.m. and he noticed that portions of the field house, concession stands and even a handful of players’ spears from the walkway from the field up to the fieldhouse were damaged.

According to the police report, which was filed at 7:57 a.m., Marinacci observed “than an unknown person or persons spray painted obscene and racial remarks on several buildings.”

Once police arrived on the scene, it took photos of all of the graffiti and then work began quickly to paint over the remarks in time for the gates to open for the game, which kicked off at 1 p.m.

Bellaire Local Schools Superintendent Tony Scott was informed of the incident and had no comment other than the investigation is ongoing.

The Big Reds paid little attention to the distractions as they ran their record to 3-0 by virtue of a 43-28 victory against the Potters.

Bellaire is scheduled to play at home again next Saturday when it hosts Buckeye Local as Buckeye 8 League play begins.

Staskey can be reached at sstaskey@timesleaderonline.com