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North - Cleveland Browns -
1085 West 3rd Street
Cleveland, OH 44114
Name: Cleveland Stadium
Home Team: Cleveland Browns
PLAYING SURFACE: GRASS
YEAR OPENED: 1999
Sitting on one of the most hallowed grounds in
the NFL, football has been played at the same location
that Cleveland Stadium sits on for more than a half
a century. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s,
owner of the Browns, Art Modell proposed that a
new stadium be built for his team. Their current
home, Cleveland Municipal Stadium, was very old
and deteriorating. They also had to share the stadium
with the Cleveland Indians (MLB). After the 1993
season, the Indians moved into Jacobs Field in downtown
Cleveland. The Browns still did not have a new stadium.
After not being able to reach an agreement to build
a stadium for the Browns, Modell decided to move
the team to Baltimore after the 1995 season.
However in 1996, the City of Cleveland and the
NFL secured a deal to return the Cleveland Browns
to the playing field by 1999. The deal stipulated
that the name, colors and heritage of the Browns
would remain in Cleveland. Meanwhile Cleveland Municipal
Stadium was being demolished. On May 15, 1997, construction
on a new stadium began on the same site that Cleveland
Municipal Stadium sat. Construction was completed
in time for the home opener on September 12, 1999.
The stadium was named Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Over 73,200 orange seats are located at the stadium.
Two three-tier grandstands are located on both sides
of the gridiron. A section of 10,000 bleacher seats,
known as the "Dog Pound", are located
at the east end of the stadium.
Additional seating is located behind each endzone.
Two scoreboard/video-boards are located beyond the
seating area behind the endzones. Architectural
gaps in the seating bowl at Cleveland Browns Stadium
at the Southeast and Southwest entrance plazas allow
visitors to view the field and the inside of the
Stadium even when the Browns are not playing. Excellent
views of downtown Cleveland and Lake Erie can also
be seen from the stadium. Several amenities are
located at Cleveland Browns Stadium including the
Browns Hall of Fame, team store, and The Grille
and Sports Bar.
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Began: May 15, 1997
Opened: September 12, 1999
Cost: $290 Million
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