Browns Looking At Possibility Of Adding Roof To FirstEnergy Stadium
There is a "possibility" to install a roof and enclose the Browns' FirstEnergy Stadium, and it seems "more plausible than building a new stadium," which would cost well over $1B, according to sources cited by Kevin Kleps of CRAIN'S CLEVELAND BUSINESS. Discussions between the Browns and the city of Cleveland are "in the (very) early stages," but the team "really would like to be part of something big." The Browns are entering their 20th season at FirstEnergy Stadium, with a $125M renovation -- $95M of which was "financed by the team" -- completed in '15. The team's lease at the city-owned stadium "runs through" the '28 season -- and the Browns are "adamant that they're not going anywhere." The team would still "like to, at the very least, see the area around the stadium developed and fans provided easier access to a facility that was ill-conceived from the beginning." A dome or retractable roof on the stadium would "come with several obstacles that go beyond financing," as adding a roof would "tighten an already snug stadium footprint" (CRAINSCLEVELAND.com, 8/28).