The NFL’s Cleveland Browns have no plans to build a new stadium but will be looking to renovate their FirstEnergy Stadium home.
Reports had suggested moves were afoot to search out land in downtown Cleveland, Ohio to build the new stadium.
But a spokesman for the Browns has said that this is not the case. Peter John-Baptiste issued a statement saying:
As we have consistently communicated, along with the City of Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Partnership and other prominent local organizations, we have been immersed in discussing ways to best approach the lakefront’s future and the stadium naturally is a critical piece to the long-term execution of such a project.
Contrary to recent speculation, a recent feasibility study we launched does not contemplate a new stadium or showcase new stadium sites.
A significant stadium renovation at our current site is the premise of the study as well as a focus on how to provide accessibility to the lakefront, drive density and create 365-destination major development opportunities that would include new public parks, retail, office, experiential and residential spaces.
John-Baptiste said the vision is centered on an extensive land bridge. He added:
As we are just beginning the study, we certainly do not have enough information to determine the cost of renovating the stadium or what the aesthetics of such a renovation would entail. We believe our study will help answer those questions and should be completed in 2023.
The future of the stadium is one of several important pieces to the long-term execution of the lakefront project, and our organisation looks forward to continuing to work with our community partners and leaders to identify next steps and our role in helping advance this initiative.
The Browns lease at FirstEnergy Stadium runs through 2028.
PSAM editor John Sheehan caught up with Yves De Cocker, Managing Director of PitchTecConcept, who explains how his company bridges the gap between sports organisations and the technology used in the playing surface industry.
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The interview covers:
Yves 20+ years industry leading experience in the evolution of hybrid grass, trends he has noticed and some of the notable projects he has been involved with
The key reasons for Yves launching PitchTecConcept
Common mistakes often made with playing surface management
The steps he offers as a bridge between the industry and the end user
Advice to clubs looking to maximise their event calendars without compromising on the performance of their playing surface