Football uprights stolen from Capelli Sport Stadium – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
A Section V football game was played Friday night at Capelli Sport Stadium in Rochester despite the goalposts having no uprights.
The Rochester Rhinos, the stadium’s main tenant, reported that the 20-foot-tall uprights were stolen. The Rochester Police Department said it is investigating the alleged theft.
Greece Athena played University Prep in each team’s season opener Friday. Athena defeated UPrep, 28-8.
According to police, a representative from the stadium reported the theft Saturday afternoon.
“The goalposts were removed from their mounts on the field by stadium staff about three weeks ago,” Rochester police said in a release.
They were stored inside the fence line of the stadium. RPD’s Central Section is conducting a larceny investigation.
According to a statement from the Rochester Rhinos, referees allowed the game to take place, despite the lack of uprights.
While the playing surface was being converted into a football field, the uprights were found to be missing. The statement said the “uprights were in their usual storage position less than five days before the game.”
Athletic directors from each team were notified of the missing uprights, and the referees were then informed. Referees agreed to “visually judge extra points and field goals.”
“We notified stadium officials it was our decision to play the game,” UPrep Athletic Director Dick Cerone, the former Section V football chairman, said in a release.
Rhinos team co-owner Wendy Dworkin confirmed the theft on Twitter and offered game tickets to an upcoming soccer match if they are returned.
Monroe and Wilson are scheduled to play a Section V football game at the stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday. It’s unclear if the uprights will be replaced by then.