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Are the Browns and the City of Cleveland working to develop a new stadium? – Dawgs By Nature

A lot of northern United States sports teams have constructed indoor stadiums for their teams. There are two thoughts concerning this: makes sense with winter climates, and no thank you because it takes away the tradition of the game that should be played under these extreme conditions.

It seems the Browns are in the beginning stages of conducting feasibility studies to see if a new stadium could be on the horizon for the franchise. Their current lease expires in 2028.

According to a report on neo-trans.blog, two sources close to the Haslam Sports Group have stated that the Browns are looking into building a new venue centered around a ballpark village instead of costly renovations to FirstEnergy Stadium.

The owners of the Browns, Jimmy and Dee Haslam, are not content with the condition of FirstEnergy with the fact that the stadium has aged significantly; plus (according to them) the arena was poorly-built to begin with.

FirstEnergy Stadium

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FirstEnergy opened in 1999 as home to the new Browns built on the site of old Cleveland Municipal Stadium which served the community from 1931-1996. The new stadium’s original name was Cleveland Browns Stadium and was built at a cost of $283 million. Crowd capacity for a Browns game is 67,431 which includes 143 executive suites. Two renovation projects were completed in 2014 and 2015.

When the Haslams purchased the Browns, they sold the stadium naming rights to FirstEnergy which was reported to be about $6 million a year for 17 years.

When asked about a new stadium, the Browns’ front office has not responded other than to say that the assumption at this point “is a little too far out in front of the story.”

The question at this juncture is whether to renovate FirstEnergy or build a brand new retractable roof stadium that is not only able to be closed for inclement weather conditions, but would be available year-round for numerous non-sports events. This would increase revenues for the venue. Rough cost analysis has shown that with renovations to the existing stadium plus adding a roof would be very close to the construction of a completely new building.

According to the report, it seems that the Browns are in preliminary talks with the City of Cleveland to develop a sports village which would surround the new stadium similar to what many Major League Baseball teams have accomplished – such as Ballpark Village adjacent to Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

rendering of Bedrock

The Browns might even be connected in the proposed Bedrock riverfront plans that Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has designed which includes 29 acres of riverfront land between Huron Road and the Cuyahoga River.

The estimated cost of a new stadium has been mentioned at north of $1 billion. And if a new stadium …….

Source: https://www.dawgsbynature.com/2022/6/19/23175135/are-the-browns-and-the-city-of-cleveland-working-to-develop-a-new-stadium

A lot of northern United States sports teams have constructed indoor stadiums for their teams. There are two thoughts concerning this: makes sense with winter climates, and no thank you because it takes away the tradition of the game that should be played under these extreme conditions.

It seems the Browns are in the beginning stages of conducting feasibility studies to see if a new stadium could be on the horizon for the franchise. Their current lease expires in 2028.

According to a report on neo-trans.blog, two sources close to the Haslam Sports Group have stated that the Browns are looking into building a new venue centered around a …….

A lot of northern United States sports teams have constructed indoor stadiums for their teams. There are two thoughts concerning this: makes sense with winter climates, and no thank you because it takes away the tradition of the game that should be played under these extreme conditions.

It seems the Browns are in the beginning stages of conducting feasibility studies to see if a new stadium could be on the horizon for the franchise. Their current lease expires in 2028.

According to a report on neo-trans.blog, two sources close to the Haslam Sports Group have stated that the Browns are looking into building a new venue centered around a …….

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