Browns explores the sites of the new stadium in the city center

June 18—They don’t make stadiums like they used to.

According to a report by

According to the report, tentative sites for a new stadium include land west of North Coast Harbor and East Ninth Street, west of West Third Street and north of the cliff overlooking the train tracks. In other words, the new stadium would not be far from where the current one is.

A new stadium would demolish the current one. The land it occupies would be developed into retail stores and housing to generate revenue to help fund a new domed stadium.

FirstEnergy Stadium opened in 1999 as Cleveland Browns Stadium to house the expansion team the NFL assigned to Cleveland after Art Modell moved the original Browns to Baltimore in 1996.

The stadium was partially funded by a “sin tax” on alcohol and tobacco in a vote overwhelmingly approved by Cuyahoga County voters (72% to 28%) on November 7, 1995 – a day after Modell stood on a stage in Baltimore to announce he was moving the team. The Sin Tax was originally designed to renovate Cleveland’s old stadium. But Cleveland city officials reached an agreement with the NFL that the team replacing the old Browns would be an expansion team rather than a relocated team if a new stadium was built.

Ground was laid for the new stadium in May 1997. It opened in July 1999. The first game played was a pre-season game against the Vikings on August 21, 1999.

The stadium was renamed FirstEnergy Stadium in 2013. Renovations in 2014 and 2015 improved the fan experience. But it’s still one of the most spartan stadiums in the NFL.

Browns spokesman Peter John-Baptiste told neotrans that the blog site was “a bit too far ahead of the story,” but this development isn’t new. Dee Haslam raised the possibility of a new stadium with a group of journalists at the team’s training complex in Berea in 2018.

“The main thing is to start the conversation, at some point,” she said. “I don’t know if we’re ready to start the conversation, but we’re ready to get all the information we can about what’s possible. So I think it’s really important to find out what’s possible.

“There could be a lot of good ideas that we might not be able to do because it’s not feasible for one reason or another,” Haslam said. “I don’t want to put the horse in front of the cart until we’re informed enough to know, because we’re not informed enough to know right now. But we know we want to have a bigger impact on Cleveland’s future.”

The FirstEnergy Stadium lease expires after the 2028 season.

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