Haslams mulling new home for Cleveland Browns


Cleveland Browns considering new stadium sites Image: Cleveland Browns

The National Football League (NFL) team Cleveland Browns may be looking for a site to build a new stadium once the current lease is up.

The ‘wkyc studios’ stated that two sources close to the Haslam ownership group informed that the Browns owner is “leaning toward building a new stadium versus renovating the existing FirstEnergy Stadium”. Those sources also say that the Haslams are not happy with the condition of the current stadium and how the structure is “aging poorly”.

The Cleveland Browns are a professional American football team based in Cleveland (US). Named after original coach and Co-Founder Paul Brown, they compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference North division.

The 67,895-capacity FirstEnergy Stadium is a multipurpose stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, meant primarily for American football. It is the home field of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL), and serves as a venue for other events such as college and high school football, soccer and concerts.

Susan ‘Dee’ Haslam is an American businesswoman. She is the Founder and Executive Producer of RIVR Media and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Haslam Sports Group. Dee is a co-owner of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League, along with her husband, Jimmy Haslam.

The ‘wkyc studios’ further stated that the FirstEnergy Stadium is currently under a lease agreement that will keep the Cleveland Browns playing in its confines through at least 2028.

The Senior Vic-President of Communications for the Browns, Peter John-Baptiste, did not comment on the above development, but did say that the Haslams are continuing to look into the viability of developing land on the lakeside.

Where are these two sites those sources speculate the Haslams are looking at? One would be where the Main Post Office is currently located at 2400 Orange Avenue.

Another would be a stretch of land along Lakeside Avenue including the current location of the 3News studios.

The FirstEnergy Stadium is currently the 10th oldest stadium in the league and has only seen one major renovation in 2014 for $120 million. Current estimates based on other renovation projects and new stadium costs estimate that a new stadium would cost over $1 billion.

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