Browns Owners Push for New Stadium — With Roof

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Panoramic view of FirstEnergy Stadium from section 541 looking southeast, with downtown Cleveland visible in the background.
Panoramic view of FirstEnergy Stadium from section 541 looking southeast, with downtown Cleveland visible in the background.
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The owners of the Cleveland Browns are pushing for a new stadium to replace the 24-year-old FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Browns' stadium is the 10th oldest in the NFL, as reported by USA Today Sports. The news that FirstEnergy Stadium may be nearing the end of its life was reported Monday. 

Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam of the Haslam Sports Group decided that renovating FirstEnergy Stadium is not an option, and that the stadium was built quickly and poorly and "may not be affordably retrofitted with upgrades like wider concourses or a roof, be it retractable or fixed," as first reported by Ken Prendergast of NEOtrans

Prendergast reported over the summer that the Haslams are interested in a stadium with a roof since "the city-owned stadium is used only 10-12 times per year; a retractable or fixed roof would allow it to be used more often." 

News of the new-stadium discussion was reported Tuesday, the same day the Haslam Sports Group purchased a stake in the Milwaukee Bucks. Haslem Sports Group is reportedly about to buy a 25 percent stake in the the Deer from team co-owner Marc Lasry. 

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