FirstEnergy Stadium could be receiving a bit of a face lift in the coming months.
We hear Banner and the bigwigs are canvassing the stadium, talking $200 million-plus in upgrades.
— Steve Doerschuk (@sdoerschukREP) June 18, 2013
Per Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository, the place once expected to house Bon Jovi for an evening could be looking at upgrades north of $200 million. On the cover, this dollar amount could potentially include the addition of a retractable roof to the current structure, but the cost and likelihood of such an addition has been debated since Haslam purchased the team last October. Prior to Haslam’s acquisition, the Browns front office had asked the city of Cleveland to provide $5.8 million for repairs to areas that had reportedly sustained damage due to use coupled with abrasive lake-front weather.
Following Haslam’s acquisition, the Browns hired Alec Scheiner, a former Dallas Cowboys executive who was credited with much of the planning, financing, and implementation of upgrades at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. This hiring came roughly one month after Haslam and his team took a trip to Jerry Jones’ gem and saw the venue first hand.
Housing 73,200 seats, FirstEnergy Stadium (formerly named Cleveland Browns Stadium) was build in 1999 for $283 million.
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