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BROWNS FANS TO ENJOY POLE-FREE SEATS, EXPANDED DAWG POUND
Published May 5, 1995
Under the recommendation of the Cleveland Stadium Task force, a renovated Cleveland Stadium would include expanded concourses, a new scoreboard, the removal of the upper deck roof (and the poles that obstruct fans' view), and seats closer to the field among other things. 45,000 new seats will wrap around the field's lower level, after the field level is lowered by eight feet. Dennis Wellner, a partner at HOK, the firm designing the renovation, said the stadium's exterior yellow brick facade will be retained, but the facility will be rebuilt from within. Wellner: "It'll be a very different look internally." The stadium's "Dawg Pound" bleacher area will be expanded and brought closer to the field. The area below the new expanded seating will contain a kitchen, maintenance facilities, security offices and locker rooms. Wellner said the Browns' cooperation was key in keeping the $154M price tag down. The team "had not pressed" to keep club seat revenues, instead allowing the income to help finance the deal and also agreed not press for a second layer of loges at the stadium. Wellner said the Browns were "less demanding" than other teams HOK has dealt with (Stephen Litt, Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 5/4).