Browns’ FirstEnergy Stadium field damaged by driver

An unknown driver appears to have damaged the field at FirstEnergy Stadium just days before the are set to host the , according .

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.

Field and turf maintenance experts who spoke with News 5 said the short timeline could pose problems for potential repairs because the grounds crew will likely fill in any deep ruts with thick clay-based topsoil. The soil will then need to be packed tightly to prevent sinking. The crew cannot use regular sod for repairs because that would require a minimum of two weeks to fully root.

FirstEnergy Stadium will need repairs after a driver damaged the field. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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