Cleveland Browns’ field is TORN UP by tire tracks after a joyrider broke into the stadium
The Cleveland Browns field is DESTROYED by tire tracks after a jockey broke into the stadium just days before the game against the Buccaneers as police open an investigation.
The Cleveland Browns are working to repair damage to their field inside FirstEnergy Stadium ahead of Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay after it was vandalized Monday night.
The team said it provided information to Cleveland police, who are investigating.
Sometime overnight, someone broke into the stadium and drove a vehicle onto the grass playing surface, causing “some cosmetic damage,” according to the team. Aerial television footage showed looping tire tracks spanning half the field.
An aerial view shows tire track circles at the Cleveland Browns football field
The Browns said the stadium’s grounds maintenance crew is resurfacing.
“We pride ourselves on the strong reviews and reputation of our stadium’s playing surface,” the Browns said in a statement.
“We have been in contact with the NFL on the matter and are confident that after the repair, our field will be ready for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Buccaneers.”
The Browns, who have lost six of seven games, have played at Lakefront Stadium since their return as an expansion team in 1999.
Last week, the Browns’ game in Buffalo was moved to Detroit due to a blizzard that dumped more than 6 feet of snow on the Bills’ home field in Orchard Park, New York.
Cleveland will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this weekend, and according to the team, the damage to the field has not jeopardized Sunday’s game.
A closer view shows that some of the lines drawn across the field dig deep into the ground.
Brown field crews are working to repair the damage done to the field in time for Sunday’s game.