CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – For generations, the Cleveland municipal parking lot has been a tradition of tailgating before games for the Browns. It draws thousands of people downtown, many of whom are just there for the party.
While the pitch typically opens at 7 a.m., six hours before kickoff, the queue to enter the Muni Lot ahead of Sunday’s rivalry between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers began before 3 a.m. in the morning.
Larry Lourello was among the first to line up to place his bus in a traditional parking lot at the front of the parking lot, which Sunday calls Muni Lot bringing together the best hatchback of the year.
Lourello says he first came to the field in the 1970s in a van right out of high school and has been on the heels ever since.
“It’s the last bastion of freedom here in Cleveland because it’s really a throwback,” Lourello said. “Honestly, at the end of the day this lot is more important than the game. The game is an excuse to be here. Now that doesn’t mean we don’t want to win. We want to win in the worst way you can imagine and we love the Browns. The front line was there at 2 a.m. and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
The city opened the lot gates at 5 a.m., two hours earlier on Sunday, and the party was just beginning.
By 5:30 a.m., the lots were approximately 75% full.
At 8 a.m., when much of the greater Cleveland area had just woken up, the grounds were almost full and many of those who were here had been up most of the night.
“The atmosphere is enticing. It’s everyone here with one goal and it’s up to the Browns to win, ”said Rick Hudgel of Sandusky.
At 10 a.m., beer and spirits were flowing freely and with the lot full, people continued to flock on foot to join in the fun.
The revelers were decked out in Browns clothes mixed with people in Halloween costumes.
The city has 11 rules for the Muni Lot, including “no alcohol”.
Cleveland Police have officers who watch the lots, but they tell FOX 8 that with the thousands of people gathering there and the limited number of officers, they just can’t write quotes for everyone. world with a red solo mug.
At 11 a.m., the party was off to a good start. Fans of the Browns and Steelers mingled, but with the booze on board, opponents’ cheerful ribs gained momentum.
At 11:30 am, those parked furthest from the stadium were already demolishing to leave. By midday, the majority of people from the Muni Lot were heading towards the stadium, but not everyone.
Many of those who could comfortably watch TV from their homes had instead chosen to get together with friends and strangers and watch the game on TV in Muni Lot.
Among them, Darren Brugmann, from Mantua, who was watching comfortably from inside his mobile home
“I’m here after a Buckeyes game last night, I drove here at 3 am. We were the first in the line here in the Muni Lot and here we are, ”said Brugmann.
Throughout the first half of the game, the party continued with lots of beer still flowing and the grills still on.
“We do breakfast, lunch and dinner. We make a sausage for breakfast, we make all kinds of food for breakfast, then we change and make kids and stuff, then we change and do more dinner stuff all day, ” John Susong said.
At the end of the game, people started to walk away with a sea of garbage left behind.
At 4:30 p.m. the stadium crowds were returning to the Muni Lot and by then everyone knew the Browns had lost.
This isn’t the first loss for regular visitors to Cleveland’s Muni Field who vow to return.
“Difficult loss. You’re going to be a Browns fan no matter what, but at the end of the day we came, we had fun, ”said Phillip Cole.
As night fell on Cleveland, all that remained was for the city to clear the field and prepare it to resume operations as usual on Monday morning, with no sign of what happened here the day before.
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