The 3-7 Cleveland Browns are in the midst of a frustrating season and are now facing yet another headache.
News 5 Cleveland reports that a portion of the field at FirstEnergy Stadium was damaged earlier this week by an individual driving a vehicle. Video captured by AirTracker5 shows multiple sets of tracks on the turf on the field of play, and it was sad that “some of the ruts left behind appeared to be in significant places.”
The report adds that a trespasser jumped a fence to get into the stadium and then asked the damage by driving a golf cart onto the field. The Browns are scheduled to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this coming Sunday.
The Browns said maintenance crews are working to repair the field, which should be ready for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Buccaneers.
“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. Based on our internal evaluation, there was some superficial damage to the playing field that our grounds maintenance team is currently working to repair. We take great pride in the strong reviews and reputation of our stadium’s playing surface, have been in touch with the NFL on the matter and are confident after repair our field will be ready for Sunday’s game vs. the Tampa Buccaneers.”