Sound Bites: UConn fans caused $125,000 worth of damages following championship win
Good morning. Dozens of UConn’s men’s basketball team fans violently celebrated their the NCAA championship win in April. Recent data shows fans caused nearly $125,000 in damages to university property on the Storrs campus, including:
- Destruction of a central air conditioner condenser
- Knocking down light poles
- Using fallen light poles as battering rams to smash glass doors
- Breaking several glass doors and windows
- Fires set from propellant cans
- Flood damages from a running emergency shower and eyewash station
- Flipping and smashing of campus patrol and work vans
The university also reports 16 people were injured during the riot. Several students have been arrested and expelled for their role in the riot.
Officials note that these are preliminary costs and do not include additional employee labor costs to conduct campus repairs. UConn Police will be asking prosecutors to require suspects to pay restitution as part of court proceedings. Other investigations into the riot remain underway.
Here’s a bite-sized look at what else we are hearing:
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