WESTLAKE — The Bud Light Victory Fridges opened Thursday night after the Browns won for the first time in nearly two years.
The Cleveland Browns won their home game against the New York Jets 21-17, their first victory since Dec. 24, 2016.
Anheuser-Busch sponsored the Victory Fridge promotion in conjunction with Brecksville-based distributor House of La Rose, promising free Bud Light to long-suffering Browns fans if and when the team finally won a game.
“It feels like when the Cavs won the championship,” Robyn Brusk, of Westlake, said. She came to watch the game with Phil Brusk and Grant Gase, also of Westlake, and Michael Petromilli, of Willoughby, and they managed to snag gold crowns to go along with their beers.
There were 10 fridges across Northeast Ohio, under lock and key until the team’s first regular-season win this season.
When the fridges opened shortly before midnight, the crowd erupted into cheers, clamoring for the roughly 200 12-ounce Bud Lights in the coolers.
“It feels absolutely great, finally. It’s a long time coming,” Petromilli said. He and his friends said they plan to keep the beer cans to remember the iconic win.