A deer enjoying a summer sightseeing tour of downtown Binghamton stopped by NYSEG Stadium before the gates officially opened for the Rumble Ponies game.

City police officers responded to the ballpark on Henry Street around 1 p.m. Tuesday when the animal was spotted in the parking lot on the east side of the stadium.

The uninvited guest sauntered into the empty stadium, perhaps searching for Rowdy the Pony, the team's popular mascot.

Binghamton police officers tracked the deer as it explored the stadium. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The deer wandered around the stadium as four officers monitored the situation. When they called for backup, a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation police officer was dispatched.

The officer arrived within a matter of minutes. By then, the unnamed intruder had made its way to the third base line on the west side of stadium.

The DEC representative brought a snare device with him as he and the city police officers headed toward the area where the silent visitor was last seen.

By then, the deer had exited the stadium, apparently preferring not to be interviewed or photographed by the authorities or a curious reporter who had stopped by.

The animal was last observed heading south toward Court Street. People at Columbus Park - four blocks from the stadium - said they had not seen the deer.

A DEC police officer exits the stadium after the wayward deer left the ballpark on June 25, 2019. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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