Some Browns fans who love to tailgate are celebrating a victory today. Many worried that police were going to heavily crack down on drinking in the Muni lot. Today we were there to see the tailgating most are used to seeing - it's alive and well.
Cleveland Police were making their presence known. They appeared to comb through each tailgating spot in the Muni lot looking for alcohol. They told fans they needed to get rid of any cans and bottles they had.
Garbage bags full of empties were promptly thrown out.
"They were cordial and told us to put everything in garbage bags and walked away," said Mike Stratas of Lakewood.
This Browns Sunday follows a week of the city warning fans and tailgaters that the rules that have been in place for years are still in place. No open containers are allowed in the city parking lots, but the party clearly went on. One man did a beer bong right in front of a police car. There was no officer inside.
No one was doing beer bongs though when police came walking through the center of the Muni Lot. Most partiers seemed quick to follow any orders that the officers gave.
"The police have been really supportive. They came around giving us suggestions. It's been nothing forceful. They've been really great to us. I'm thankful for them really," said Kyle Kiffer of Berea.
The key to staying off law enforcement's radar here:
"There's two concepts. You put your beer in a cup, and you throw away your beer can. From that point on, you can have as much fun as you want, you just have to be smart about it," said Christian Ruple of Parma.
So where did all the worry of tailgating being over as many have know it, come from?
"Social media. It blows everything out of proportion. Someone says one thing. People run with it. I don't believe it. Are you having as much fun as you normally do? We are having more fun!" said Mark Hughart of Parma Heights.
Tailgating as Cleveland Browns know it clearly not going bottoms up anytime soon.