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BROWNS FANS TO ENJOY POLE-FREE SEATS, EXPANDED DAWG POUND

     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).
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