Cleveland Browns field vandalized with tire treads, video shows; police investigating

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An unknown vandal went for a joyride during the overnight hours Tuesday and damaged the football field at First Energy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns, the team and police said.

According to the team, someone broke into the stadium and drove an unidentified vehicle onto the grass playing surface, causing “some superficial damage.”

Aerial News 5 Cleveland TV footage showed looping tire tracks spanning half the field. Video shows tire treads in the shape of a spiral encircling most of the western side of the field.

The team said it has provided information to Cleveland police, who said it appears someone jumped a fence and used a golf cart to cause the damage.

Police Acting Chief Dorothy Todd confirmed to USA TODAY Wednesday the department is investigating the incident but was still gathering information.

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As of Wednesday morning, no arrest had been announced in the case.

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A general overall interior view of FirstEnergy Stadium during an NFL football game between the Cleveland Browns and the New England Patriots on Oct. 16, 2022, in Cleveland. The Browns are working to repair damage caused to their turf field inside FirstEnergy Stadium ahead of Sunday's game against Tampa Bay after it was vandalized by a vehicle Monday, Nov. 21.

The Browns said the stadium’s grounds maintenance crew is repairing the damage to the field ahead of Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay.

“We take pride in the strong reviews and reputation of our stadium’s playing surface,” the Browns said in a statement. “We have been in touch with the NFL on the matter and are confident after repair our field will be ready for Sunday’s game.”

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