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Browns Stadium Repairs Halted by Court Battle

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's not the news the Cleveland Browns wanted to hear.

Much-needed repairs to the stadium have been put on hold.

"There was a ruling from the court in response to a bid challenge brought by one of the unsuccessful contractors who had bid for the work. The judge issued an order yesterday, placing an injunction on the work going forward," explained Fred Nance, Browns' general counsel.

He was referring to repair work on stadium seats, walkways and concrete.

It was supposed to be done by Platform Cement, who was actually the second lowest bidder after Suburban Maintenance and Construction.

However, the city awarded the project to Platform because they promised to use local businesses plus minority and female subcontractors.

Now, both sides are headed to court.

"We think the best way to resolve this is for the two companies involved in the litigation to get together and work out a deal so they could both work on this project and get it going," said Nance.

The Browns said they want this resolved quickly because repairs are weeks behind schedule.

In fact, they'd like the work done before Kenny Chesney performs at Browns Stadium in July.

According to the city, the hearing with all parties is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27.

"Given that order, it would be inappropriate to comment at this time," said Andrea Taylor, with the Mayor's Office.

Meantime, the Browns said they hope for a quick resolution.

"Any more delays could cost us more money.  So, now we could potentially do the same amount of at a higher cost, or we may not be able to get all the work done. Worst case scenario, we get less work done and it costs more. Until we know know exactly when we can proceed, we won't know the answers to those questions," added Nance.

Phone calls to Platform Cement and Suburban Maintenance and Construction were not returned.