New Browns stadium: Team responds to speculation

New Browns stadium: Team responds to speculation

**Previous Report: Last year, Browns owners revealed they were working with the City of Cleveland on a plan to improve the area around FirstEnergy Stadium. »

CLEVLAND (WJW) — Cleveland Browns owners are responding to a report that they are considering a new stadium, possibly at a new location.

Last week, Ken Prendergast with the NEOtrans blog reported that two sources close to the team said the Browns were leaning towards building a new stadium, instead of renovating the current FirstEnergy Stadium.

The report went on to speculate on the location of two of these considered locations: the main post office and another location near East 13th Street.

Pendergast did not name his sources, but said the proposed project would cost more than $1 billion, some of which would likely include taxpayer money.

On Monday, a representative for Haslam Sports Group shared a statement with FOX 8 news, clarifying the team’s movements.

“Contrary to recent speculation, a recent feasibility study that we launched does not envision a new stadium or present new stadium sites,” said Peter John-Baptiste, senior vice president of communications at Haslam Sports Group. .

Instead, they said they plan to renovate the current site, while focusing on rehabilitating the area around the stadium, as already outlined in a shared plan last year.

Read the full statement below:

“As we have constantly communicated, with the City of Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Partnership and other leading local organizations, we have been immersed in discussions about how best to approach the future of the edge of the lake and stadium is naturally a long-term essential. realization of such a project. Contrary to recent speculation, a recent feasibility study we launched does not envision a new stadium or present new stadium sites. A significant stadium renovation at our current site is the premise of the study along with a focus on how to provide lakeside accessibility, drive density and create major development opportunities at 365 destinations that would include new public parks, retail, offices, experiences and residential spaces. The vision, as many in our community have already seen, is centered on a vast land bridge. As we begin 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 these questions and is expected to be completed in 2023. The future of the stadium is one of the important components of the long-term execution of the lakeside project, and our organization looks forward to continue to work with our community. partners and leaders to identify next steps and our role in helping move this initiative forward.

Peter John-Baptiste, Haslam Sports Group

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