July 12, 2024

CLEVELAND, OHIO - JANUARY 14: Kevin Stefanski talks to the media after being introduced as the Cleveland Browns new head coach on January 14, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have always held their home games along the shores of Lake Erie, with the exception of a few years after they relocated to Baltimore.

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This might alter in the future.
According to reports, the organization is closing on a deal to purchase 176 acres in a suburb south of Cleveland. If the Browns are unable to come to an agreement with the city before their lease ends in 2028, the team may utilize this land to build a new stadium, possibly one with a dome.The stadium, which holds over 60,000 spectators, requires extensive upgrades, and its owners, Dee and Jimmy Haslam, have indicated a desire to develop the region surrounding the existing building.

Although the Browns, who have played on roughly the same piece of ground since their establishment in 1946, have not announced any plans to move from their downtown home, they have been considering their possibilities.

Following a report by sports blog NEOtrans that the Browns are closing on a deal to purchase land close to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, which is only a few miles from the team’s headquarters in Berea, Ohio, the team issued a statement on Thursday.

“We’ve been clear on how complex future stadium planning can be,” a statement from the Browns/Haslam Sports Group was released on Thursday. “What is clear is our dedication toThe subject of any potential move is sensitive to Cleveland supporters. After the 1995 season, Art Modell took the team to Baltimore due to a disagreement with the city over funding for a new stadium.
The Haslam family has stated for a long time that they are dedicated to maintaining their football team in Northeast Ohio. They also own the MLS Columbus Crew and a small stake in the NBA Milwaukee Bucks.
The group conveyed gratitude for collaborating with officials including Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb.
The Browns stated, “We are also researching other possible stadium options in Northeast Ohio at various additional sites at the same time, as part of our comprehensive planning efforts.”
“A great deal of work and diligence still has to be done.The chief of staff for the City of Cleveland, Bradford Davy, stated in a long statement that “Murray Bibb and city leadership prioritize keeping the Browns at home on the downtown lakefront.”

According to Davy, Cleveland has created a comprehensive plan that safeguards taxpayers and addresses the needs stated by the Browns. The city also sees the downtown stadium as essential to the lakefront’s future development.
Another significant problem is access to Cleveland’s existing stadium. Both a large-scale lakefront development project and the construction of a prospective pedestrian bridge to connect to the nearby Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the lakefront have been postponed due to political wrangling and financial difficulties.
A loud group of Browns supporters has been advocating for a

 

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