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“Cleveland Browns Stadium” is no more

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To some, it always will be the Factory of Sadness.  To the rest of the world, it no longer will be Cleveland Browns Stadium.

According to FOX 8 in Cleveland, the signs at the stadium where the Browns play are being removed, to be replaced with the new, corporate-purchased title:  FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Browns have had the ability to sell the naming rights to the venue since it opened in 1999.  Under owner Al Lerner and then his son, Randy, the Browns had not done so.

Earlier this year, new owner Jimmy Haslam sold the naming rights to FirstEnergy.

Hopefully no discounts or rebates were involved in the transaction.

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36 Responses to ““Cleveland Browns Stadium” is no more”
  1. ihavechappedlips says: May 18, 2013 4:15 PM

    Kinda makes me sad.
    But… so do the Browns.

  2. apmn says: May 18, 2013 4:19 PM

    I’m surprised that Acme Brand Sadness didn’t bite on this one.

  3. blackngold4life says: May 18, 2013 4:20 PM

    The Feds will be looking into this transaction

  4. therealtrenches says: May 18, 2013 4:21 PM

    isn’t also nicknamed The Mistake by the Lake? Or is that the nickname for the entire city?

  5. sherlock30 says: May 18, 2013 4:37 PM

    Now get rid of the awful color scheme of brown and orange!

  6. whoyouthoughtiwas says: May 18, 2013 4:44 PM

    The stretch of highway that passes closet to the stadium in downtown Cleveland is set to be closed down for several weeks for the filming of “Captain America”; I doubt the timing of this is a coincidence.

  7. samoanjungle says: May 18, 2013 4:49 PM

    Surprised Amoxicillin or Neosporin didn’t buy the rights

  8. watchfullhose says: May 18, 2013 4:54 PM

    I don’t understand why teams are allowed to keep this money. Wasn’t the stadium paid for by the people? In cases such as this, naming rights $ should go to the city (unless an owner want to pay for the venue his team plays in – what a novel concept!).

  9. sfniners4life says: May 18, 2013 5:07 PM

    That’s how I felt when niners went from candlestick to monster and whatever it’s owned by now. Only difference is the stick has got such great history that the fans will always remember it by the right name. I see the stick being apart one more ring before its gone.

  10. steviemo says: May 18, 2013 5:11 PM

    What a dreadful new corporate name. No soul in that name, whatsoever.

  11. mrlaloosh says: May 18, 2013 5:24 PM

    First Energy, Last Place.

  12. kevinwi says: May 18, 2013 5:48 PM

    Because that was the deal the city of Cleveland made with the NFL to lure another NFL team back to its city.

  13. pilediver says: May 18, 2013 5:51 PM

    The should have named it Rio de Fuego Stadium in honor of the Cuyahoga.

  14. shadowcell says: May 18, 2013 5:52 PM

    Another lame, entirely forgettable corporate name…

  15. jackblackshairyback says: May 18, 2013 6:00 PM

    All kidding aside, the irony of it is since the stadium is within Cleveland city limits, it gets it’s electricity from Cleveland Public Power, First Energy’s biggest competitor in the area.

  16. tsmercurio says: May 18, 2013 6:23 PM

    Not a Fan of the Browns, but Getting rid of the name of that Stadium is an injustice to the NFL. Especially since that city (not recently) but has won many championships. Also the fact that the Team was named after one of the more important figures in the History of the NFL in Paul Brown.

  17. thegreatgabbert says: May 18, 2013 6:31 PM

    They finally put down old Dawg Pound. Couldn’t chew properly without teeth, and complete loss of bladder control. It’s better this way.

  18. cranespy says: May 18, 2013 6:38 PM

    When will Corp Execs learn that it would be far better to name it First Energy Field @ Cleveland Browns Stadium

  19. bensstinkyfingers says: May 18, 2013 6:45 PM

    Same ole tired un original jokes by Florio and the rival AFC north fans. Laugh while you can waterheads, the browns will be dominating soon enough.

  20. seaeagle707 says: May 18, 2013 7:04 PM

    Maybe the name change will start moving some positive energy in the Browns direction, i.e: more wins.

  21. flaccodelic says: May 18, 2013 7:24 PM

    Sadcom Field at Cryahoga

  22. rickrock6661982 says: May 18, 2013 7:27 PM

    How about “Come Home LeBron” Stadium?

  23. commonsensedude says: May 18, 2013 8:03 PM

    In unrelated news, the old Cleveland Browns Stadium signs have been recently been spotted in the Baltimore area.

  24. trickbunny says: May 18, 2013 8:28 PM

    Can’t help wondering how many anti-Browns jokes are typed by fans of teams that either have a worse record or didn’t make the playoffs last year or most others. I’m guessing around half of them.

  25. coop16 says: May 18, 2013 8:39 PM

    Who cares what the building is called? What I care about are the numbers on the scoreboard.

  26. rajbais says: May 18, 2013 8:47 PM

    Good news.

    This time no team from Cleveland moved to Baltimore.

  27. packhawk04 says: May 18, 2013 9:12 PM

    Im not a browns fan, but itll always be the dog pound to me.

  28. vincentbojackson says: May 18, 2013 9:21 PM

    “First Energy Stadium. Last place lives here!”

  29. johnnycash19 says: May 18, 2013 9:29 PM

    Shoulda gotten UPS

    Then they could merge mottos

    “What can Brown do for you?”

  30. Robert says: May 18, 2013 9:34 PM

    I was hoping the headline read, “Cleveland Browns ” no more!

    Losing the Original Browns(Baltimore Ravens) in Cleveland( via Art Modell’s request for a new venue)has cost the city and it’s fans 2 Lombardi Trophies and 9 Playoff showings.

    The new Cleveland Browns have 0 Lombardi Trophies and 1 playoff showing in 14 years.

  31. arcaero says: May 18, 2013 9:39 PM

    I expect nothing less from a Seinfeld fan.

    Smarmy, smug, superior, extra dry, yet failed attempts at humor.

  32. mychode says: May 18, 2013 9:54 PM

    I think “Charles H. Ramsey Memorial Stadium” has a certain ring to it.

  33. newyorkshets says: May 18, 2013 11:01 PM

    it should be called Brown Stain Stadium.

  34. thesteelers says: May 18, 2013 11:29 PM

    We lol @ Browns

  35. junior4200 says: May 19, 2013 2:16 AM

    FirstEnergy Stadium. Sounds like Enron Field to me.

  36. raidergreg2000 says: May 19, 2013 3:28 PM

    If its brown….flush it down!

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