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Mon. October 29, 2012 | Matt Baker | Email

Saturday night’s rally for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has left a dent on Land O’Lakes’ football field.

The goal post in the Gators’ south end zone was bent sometime over the weekend, Land O’Lakes principal Ric Mellin said.

“We are currently working on rectifying the situation,” Mellin said in an email. “There are provisions in the contract for the renter to pay for damages.”

Those provisions call for the Republican National Committee to be billed for any damage to school grounds, Pasco school district assistant superintendent Renalia DuBose said.

The bent goal post won’t be enough to change the Gators’ Class 6A, District 6 finale. Land O’Lakes will host River Ridge on Friday night as scheduled, Mellin said.

About 15,000 people filled John Benedetto Stadium to see the former Massachusetts governor. It was Pasco County’s first rally for a presidential candidate since George W. Bush visited in 2004.

Times staff writer Jeffrey Solochek contributed to this report.

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