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The football field at FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns, was torn apart by someone who allegedly broke into the stadium and went on a joyride.
The Cleveland Browns have had a rough season, 3-7 on the year entering Week 11. As they look to get their fourth win of the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Browns had to make some repairs at their home stadium.
On Tuesday morning, it was discovered that there were deep tire tracks across the field at FirstEnergy Stadium. According to the Cleveland Police Department, via News 5 Cleveland, a person may have jumped the stadium fence and gone on a joyride with a golf cart that was located inside the venue. Then the person did some donuts with the vehicle, leaving the spiral tracks across the field.
Below is a video of the FirstEnergy Stadium crew repairing the damage to the field.
Browns: FirstEnergy Stadium field damaged after individual goes on joyride
The Browns released a statement about the incident via News 5 Cleveland, expressing confidence that the pitching staff will be able to repair the field before their game on Sunday at 8 p.m. 1 p.m. ET.
“We are aware of the incident that occurred early Tuesday morning at FirstEnergy Stadium and have provided the Cleveland Division of Police with all relevant information,” the statement read. “Based on our internal evaluation, there was some superficial damage to the playing field that our maintenance team is working to repair. We take great pride in the strong reviews and reputation of our stadium’s playing surface, have been in contact with the NFL regarding the matter, and are confident , that after the repairs our field will be ready for Sunday’s game vs. the Tampa Buccaneers.”
There is no update on whether police have identified a suspect.
The Browns are currently on a two-game losing streak, falling to the Miami Dolphins 39-17 in Week 10 and the Buffalo Bills 31-23 in Detroit. Now they face a Buccaneers team returning from the bye week. Tampa Bay won their previous two games against the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks to get back to .500 on the season.
While the game is still scheduled to take place, it remains to be seen how quickly the damage to the football field can be repaired before kickoff on Sunday.