Browns Ask City of Cleveland for $5.8 Million to Repair Stadium


In order to make repairs to their stadium, the Cleveland Browns are asking the city of Cleveland for $5.8 million, a six-year advance of the money that the team collects annually.

Currently, the city sets aside $850,000 a year to help pay for repairs to the stadium and while this proposition would exempt the city from paying that amount for six years of their 30-year lease, there’s no guarantee – yet – that the team won’t just ask for additional money in that time.

It’s a request that certainly comes at an interesting time. The Browns aren’t exactly putting a great product out on the field, and asking for $5.8 million up-front is sure to rub fans – and non-football fans in Cleveland – the wrong way.

Nevertheless, it might be worth putting up that money, as the sin tax – which helped build Cleveland Browns Stadium and will begin paying for repairs starting this year – expires in 2015. After that, the city must figure out another way to come up with the money. Paying $5.8 million of it now would at least give them extra time.

As of right now, that proposed payment includes $1.2 million that would go toward refurbishing club seats on the north and south sides, along with the east end zone. Another $750,000 will go toward waterproofing the concrete under those seats.

The rest of the $5.8 million would be used to repair and replace the concrete on ramps, walkways, and a plaza outside Cleveland Browns Stadium.


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  • texline42

    Yeah, they should take it out of that fukin salary cap they are always so proud of being under. I know this is not possible under league rules, but like you said, the product they are selling is faulty and now they want the city to pay to fix up the wrapper it comes in. Unbelievable.

  • texline42

    Yeah, they should take it out of that fukin salary cap they are always so proud of being under. I know this is not possible under league rules, but like you said, the product they are selling is faulty and now they want the city to pay to fix up the wrapper it comes in. Unbelievable.

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    I think the city shouldn’t pay for the stadium, it’s the people who should pay for it if they want to make use of it, it’s no good to put all the people to pay for it while only a small part are going to the stadium. Fred @ http://www.teacratepackaging.co.uk