Report: NFL franchise considering sites for new stadium

CLEVELAND – SEPTEMBER 12: A general view of Cleveland Browns Stadium taken during the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns on September 12, 2004 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns beat the Ravens 20-3. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Since returning to Cleveland in 1999, the Browns have played at FirstEnergy Stadium.

That could change, according to a new report from, which cites two sources as saying the franchise-owning group is leaning towards building a new stadium rather than renovating the current one.

Haslam Sports Group is “unhappy with the condition of the existing stadium and its poor ageing”, according to the report. Additionally, the article’s sources claim that “the stadium was poorly constructed and the expense of rebuilding it and adding a roof to it is approaching the cost of a new stadium.”

“And since the underutilized outdoor stadium occupies prime lakeside land whose development can generate revenue to support a new stadium, moving the stadium and developing more lakeside land would increase capacity. of the Haslams to afford a new stadium,” the report said.

The Haslams reportedly have two potential venues in mind and want the new stadium to have a permanent or retractable roof in order to host other events year-round.

For what it’s worth, Browns spokesman Peter John-Baptiste told he’s “a bit too far ahead of the story” right now.

The team’s lease on its current stadium runs until 2028.

Amanda J. Marsh