Tradition is such an important part of the Browns, so it's important to note that ever since they were born in 1946, they have played on the same site on the shores of Lake Erie. From 1946-95, their home was Cleveland Municipal Stadium. The Browns won all eight of their league championships there and hosted 17 postseason games. It is also where 16 men -- 15 players and one coach - built careers that eventually landed them in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
On that same footprint is FirstEnergy Stadium, Home of the Cleveland Browns, which was opened in 1999. To keep that tradition going, the playing field at FirstEnergy Stadium runs east to west, just like it did before, and the Dawg Pound can still be found on the east side of the stadium.
But that tradition has been tweaked and enhanced with a myriad of modern amenities and conveniences that give FirstEnergy Stadium the look and feel of a 21st century facility. It fits right in with its modern neighbors, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center.
Architectural gaps in the seating bowl at FirstEnergy Stadium at the Southeast and Southwest entrance plazas allow visitors to view the field and the inside of the facility even when the Browns aren't playing. These gaps and the upper level bridges connecting the sideline and end zone seating also allow ticket holders to see the downtown skyline.
In addition, lighting has been specially designed to highlight the columns and beams supporting the upper deck topped by a halo of light glowing from the sideline canopies.
Day or night, game day or not, FirstEnergy Stadium adds excitement and beauty to a city and fan base looking forward while at the same time honoring the past.
Architect: HOK Sports Facilities Groups
Construction Manager: Huber, Hunt & Nichols.
Stadium Ground Breaking: Started on May 15, 1997 and was completed in August of 1999 for the first pre-season game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Cost: In excess of $290 million with contributions from the city, state, county, Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Tomorrow.
Seating Capacity: over 73,200.
8,801 Club Seats.
10,644 Dawg Pound Seats (bleacher seating).
142 Luxury Suites.
ADA Seating: FirstEnergy Stadium provides ADA seating in all price categories.
Cleveland Browns Team Shop (located on the south side of the Stadium)
Draft Day – June: Wednesday – Sunday 11-3pm (Closed Monday and Tuesday)
July – January: Monday – Sunday 11-5pm
Scoreboards: FirstEnergy Stadium features ProStar VideoPlus display boards that are located behind each end zone and measure approximately 27 feet high by 94 feet wide. They are capable of displaying live video and instant replays, as well as game information, player and team statistics, advertising, graphics and animation in 16.7 million colors.
Exterior Video boards: Two other ProStar boards are mounted on the outside of the Stadium. Measuring 90 feet long and 25 feet high they are the largest animated display boards in the city. They display time, temperature and information 24 hours a day.
Southwest Gate - Southwest corner
Southeast Gate - Southeast corner
Northeast Gate - Northeast corner
Northwest Gate - Northwest corner
Playing Field: The field is a Kentucky Bluegrass irrigated field with a sand-soil root zone and an underground heating system containing nine boilers and 40 miles of underground piping. The heating system helps to keep the field from freezing and extends the growing season of the turf. Field has been designed to accommodate international soccer as well, with dimensions of 69 yards by 114 yards.
Restrooms: 41 women's, 32 men's and 12 family toilets. Fixtures include 900 toilets, 390 urinals and 200 sinks.
Concession Stands: 30 permanent concession stands in the concourses and 8 stands in the Club. We also have 70 portables and 10 vending commissaries throughout the Stadium.
The Browns locker room is 11,000 square feet and the Stadium features two visiting team locker rooms each being 5,600 square feet and one officials' locker room at 1,600 square feet.
Two Club Lounges located on the North (28,000 square feet) and South (30,000 square feet) sides of the Stadium.
Footprint: 31 acre site.
Facility Area: 1.64 million square feet.
Stadium Dimensions: 933 feet wide, 695 feet long and 171 feet high.
Stadium lighting system features 592 light fixtures, 528 1,500 watt conventional metal halide fixtures with an additional 64 1,500 watt double-ended hot-restart fixtures.
The Stadium is a concrete and glass structure. Precast concrete and cast in-place was used for upper concourse. Natural stone accents were used at the base of the Stadium.
The concrete superstructure used more than 600 truckloads of concrete, which is equivalent to 60,000 yards, 1,620,000 cubic feet, with a weight of approximately 235,000,000 pounds.
FirstEnergy Stadium has hosted numerous other non Browns related events, such as the U.S. Men's and Women's National Soccer Teams, The Patriot Bowl and The Ohio State vs. Toledo Football Game. The Stadium has also held various concerts from Kenny Chesney (Flip Flop Summer Tour 2007 and the Poets and Pirates Tour 2008), *NSync, George Strait, Three Tenors as well as the auditions for American Idol.