On any given Sunday, a team can win a National Football League game. But on any given weekday in Cleveland, locals will call FirstEnergy Stadium the “factory of sadness” or a highlight of the city’s resilience.
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|Address:||100 Alfred Lerner Way, Cleveland, Ohio, 44114|
|Record Attendance:||73,718 (November 3, 2002 vs. Steelers)|
|Stadium Owner:||City of Cleveland|
|Former Names:||Cleveland Browns Stadium|
|Architect:||HOK Sport, Robert P. Madison International, Inc., Ralph Tyler Companies|
|Construction Cost:||$283 million|
|Structural Engineer:||Osborn Engineering|
Unlike many other publicly-owned stadiums in the NFL that uses a state sport authority to own and manage arenas, the City of Cleveland directly owns FirstEnergy Stadium. Being municipally owned is part of the history of this deceivingly young franchise.
After owner Art Modell announced that he was moving the former Browns franchise to Baltimore, multiple lawsuits tried to keep the team in Cleveland. As those suits were going through litigation, the citizens of Cleveland extended a 1990 sin tax on alcohol and tobacco to fund a new stadium. The litigation eventually ended in a guarantee to have an expansion franchise in the NFL by 1999 and Modell to release the intellectual property of the Browns to the new owners.
The new stadium replaced the previous Cleveland Municipal Stadium, a multipurpose facility that hosted the Browns and Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians. After demolishing Municipal Stadium, the remnants now serve as an artificial reef in a nearby harbor on Lake Erie.
Braking ground in the same location in 1997, FirstEnergy Stadium was completed in 1999 for a cost of $283 million. It was designed by HOK Sport, which is now Kansas City-based Populous, along with Robert P. Madison International and Ralph Tyler Companies. Most of the stadium is centered around the 235 million pounds of concrete, precast for building the large middle and upper concourses. It seats 67,431 fans for football after aesthetic renovations, but originally opened for 73,718 fans.
Despite later renovations to add videoboards and other fan-focused items, the franchise has struggled to win since returning to play in 1999. With only two playoff appearances as of the 2020 season, FirstEnergy is the only stadium to not host a playoff game or Super Bowl as a neutral-site location. Originating from a 2011 viral video and reaffirmed by the 2017 winless season, the industrious looking arena took on the moniker of “the factory of sadness”.
The stadium also hosts other events, like Ohio high school football championships and international soccer. FirstEnergy is listed as a backup location for the shared World Cup bid between the United States, Mexico and Canada and a group stage play host for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Attendance for these events are usually between 23,000-32,500.
FirstEnergy Stadium sits in the North Coast Harbor district of Downtown Cleveland, between the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway and Lake Erie. From a civil engineering point, it matches multiple other Midwest cities like Detroit, Indianapolis and Chicago in pairing large sports venues next to other cultural landmarks. In Cleveland, FirstEnergy shares a campus with the Great Lakes Science Center and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Cleveland Browns Info
|Rivals:||Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens|
|Team Colours:||Brown, Orange, White|
|Club Mascot:||Chomps, Swagger, Brownie the Elf|
|Team Owner:||Jimmy Haslam, Dee Haslam|
|Top Passing Leader:||Brian Sipe|
|Top Rushing Leader:||Jim Brown|
|Top Points Scorer:||Lou Groza|
|AV Leader:||Clay Matthews|
|Winningest Coach:||Paul Brown|
|Famous Players:||Otto Graham, Bernie Kosar, Joe Thomas, Brian Sipe, Baker Mayfield|
|Famous Coaches:||Kevin Stefanski, Paul Brown, Bill Belichick|
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who plays at FirstEnergy Stadium?
Cleveland Browns play their home matches at FirstEnergy Stadium.
What is the capacity of FirstEnergy Stadium?
As of 2021 FirstEnergy Stadium has an official seating capacity of 67,895 for Football matches.
When was FirstEnergy Stadium opened?
FirstEnergy Stadium officially opened in 1999 and is home to Cleveland Browns
What is the ZIP code for FirstEnergy Stadium?
The ZIP code for FirstEnergy Stadium is 44114.
Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?
Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit FirstEnergy Stadium in 2021. Please visit the official website of Cleveland Browns for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.