The field at FirstEnergy Stadium was damaged early Tuesday morning by someone driving around on the Browns' home field.
Tire treads wind out from the 20-yard line in the shape of a golden spiral, spanning almost the entirety of the western side of the field. Some of the ruts left behind appeared to be significant in some places.
The grounds crew found tire tread marks in the shape of circles spanning almost half of the western side of the field. FirstEnergy Stadium uses Kentucky Bluegrass rather than turf.
«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 Browns said in a statement. "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.»