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Damage reported at new athletic center

Tabor College officials expressed regret when an unknown person broke a glass entry door at the new athletic center building at Joel Wiens Stadium complex this weekend.

While it is disappointing to officials, they do not want to dwell on it.

The incident apparently occurred sometime between 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. Monday when workers discovered a single glass door on the west side of the building had been shattered.

The cost estimate to repair the damaged door is $200.

“It appears someone broke into the building in an attempt to get into the locker room,” Vice President of Athletics Rusty Allen said. “At this point, we do not have any information as to why this happened or who may have done it.”

While the estimated damage was minimal, Tabor College President Jules Glanzer expressed concern for the person or persons responsible for the deed.

“We are saddened that someone would do such a destructive thing to a facility that is a positive addition to our community,” he said. “I hurt for them and hope that we can find the person and get them the help that they need to become a productive citizen of the community.”

Construction crews continue to work on the final stages of the complex, which is a joint venture between the college and USD 410.

A preseason women’s soccer game between Tabor and Mid-America Nazarene University was played Saturday at the new facility.

A USD 410 dedication ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Hillsboro High School homecoming game Sept. 25. Tabor College’s dedication ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 10, prior to the college’s homecoming game.

Last modified Sept. 3, 2009

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