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Browns announce upgrade plan, working on financing

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The Browns announced some exciting new stadium upgrades yesterday, but they’re still working out the tricky issue of who’s going to pay for them.

According to Leila Atassi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, team officials outlined a plan for $120 million in upgrades, which would include a new scoreboard and audio system, among other changes.

CEO Joe Banner didn’t get into details of how they’d pay for it, other than to say they had obtained a loan from the NFL to cover half.

But the local government isn’t offering specifics either, with Mayor Frank Jackson saying they’re still in discussions. A local alcohol and cigarette tax which is earmarked for stadium upkeep expires in 2015.

Banner said the project would take two offseasons to finish, with a pair of high-definition scoreboards going up the first year. There will also be escalators, and they’re taking out 3,000 upper deck seats and moving 2,000 of them to the lower level.

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14 Responses to “Browns announce upgrade plan, working on financing”
  1. usa98j30t4 says: Nov 14, 2013 6:08 AM

    I don’t get this. Just have the owners pay for it. They pony up about four million a piece.

    What am I missing here?

  2. ballboy48 says: Nov 14, 2013 6:44 AM

    Just goes with the improvement on the field. The upgrades look pretty sweet. More lower level seats would be a nice addition as well.

  3. stlunatik says: Nov 14, 2013 6:56 AM

    Financed by the money Pilot Flying J stole

  4. ravanator says: Nov 14, 2013 6:59 AM

    The Browns will upgrade by leaving that dirt hole Cleveland, and move to sunny LA. Cleveland fans are not hards, and can’t keep an NFL franchise.

  5. larryravor says: Nov 14, 2013 7:04 AM

    The only good thing you can say about that stadium is that is better the the old Municipal Stadium. I could not believe how bad it is for a new stadium.

    Maybe that is why you see all of those empty seats while they claim it is “sold out”.

  6. tampabayirish says: Nov 14, 2013 7:06 AM

    Why can’t the Browns pay for their own upgrades? Why should taxpayers pay?

  7. reed20fence says: Nov 14, 2013 7:33 AM

    What, so they can be sad in high definition?

  8. jagsfan1 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:08 AM

    Funny how we haven’t heard much at all about Flying J – Jimmy Haslam scandal lately.

  9. touchdownroddywhite says: Nov 14, 2013 8:16 AM

    I hope there’s no rebates involved…

  10. wisconsinhillfolk says: Nov 14, 2013 11:04 AM

    They should put a giant sad face in the middle of the turf. :(

  11. rcali says: Nov 14, 2013 1:08 PM

    How are those PSL’s working out? Great “investment” right?

  12. goyzzo says: Nov 14, 2013 5:43 PM

    It is a terrible thing that the cities have to pay for upgrades.
    I love the Browns, but rarely spend money in Cleveland local tax area. I spend alot of money on Browns and NFL related products all year long.
    I sure would hate to see the team move or the burden is on the locals. Seems odd my NFL Sunday ticket on Direct TV should not have to contribute…hmmmm

  13. flushdownmikebrown says: Nov 14, 2013 10:00 PM

    How could the Browns possible get excited about anything ….. Jason Cambell is the QB, they always find a way to play themselves out of a top QB, and their uniforms look like vomit…… sucks to be from Cleveland

  14. rjohnson44720 says: Nov 15, 2013 11:00 AM

    The new HD big screen looks like the state of Tennessee! At least make it look like the state that the team is in and not the state where Haslam iss from.

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