Browns to alter pre-game introductions against Pittsburgh

With the Rolling Stones’ “Start me up” potentially on its way out as the team introduction song for the Browns1, it is being reported by ESPNCleveland’s Will Burge that Cleveland will now be introduced amidst two ten-foot flame throwers which are to be housed within the confines of Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Jimmy Haslam III, fresh off of his trip to Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, will continue to attempt to improve the in-game experience for those who pay their hard-earned money to attend games on the lakefront. While any business man can tell you that wholesale changes cannot be made overnight — unless it’s the installation of fan-accessible Wifi within Quicken Loans Arena, anyway — that steps undoubtedly need to be made to get the fan experience headed in the right direction.

The flame throwers are obviously similar to those attached to Dan Gilbert’s Q Tube, used during the introduction of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Naturally, as any fan of the Browns will tell you, a win against the Pittsburgh Steelers is also a solid step in improving said experience.

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  1. It is, after all, 2012 []

  • Nice! Should be cool. Little improvements like this can make games more exciting to go to. The way it is there now, I’d rather stay at home and watch the games.

  • maxfnmloans

    I’m starting to get nervous that they are focusing on bells and whistles rather than meat and potatoes. That observation is not set in stone, it is merely the beginning of an inkling of a thought about something, maybe. No real conclusions can be drawn as of yet, but my eyebrow is raised slightly higher than it was before I read this story, which was slightly higher than it was before I heard about the meetings with Jerry Jones.

    Whatevs, hopefully this is just something silly and not indicative of a pattern.

  • maxfnmloans

    also re: the Wifi issue- you do realize there are logistical issues that come into play with 80,000 people in a confined area with 80,000 separate devices sending 80,000 signals to any number of LEO satellites, right? Its not solely a matter of getting the infrastructure in place. It’s kinda hard to pinpoint a single device in that mass of 80,000, thus, sometimes maybe your device wont get a signal. Obviously, the better the infrastructure, and the more bandwidth the intra-stadium network is capable of throughputting, the better this will become, but it’s still a developing technology, and one that becomes exponentially more difficult once you start throwing tens of thousands of people in the same square half mile or so.

    I think mgobode could probably explain the limitations of satellites and wireless better than I can with my rudimentary understanding, but, trust me, its not as easy as slapping up a few wireless access points and calling it a day.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Haslem is trying to “light a fire” under his team perhaps his coach should stand as close as humanly possible to the pyro without setting himself a blaze in order to WAKE THE H*** UP on game day!

  • ch

    Next step; New logo, cheerleaders, coach, and some wins.

  • Big Z


  • No matter how you’re connecting, there’s no low-earth orbit satellites involved for data transmission. Cellular communications are conducted through towers which are in turn connected to wires, and wifi through access points connected to wires. Going from no public wifi to having public wifi likely requires the purchase of more bandwidth (which is readily available- Cleveland has excellent trunk lines), unless the Browns were just sitting on a ton of unused bandwidth. It would also likely involve partitioning their network to keep the public wifi completely separate. Finally, there’s the matter of running wires to the seating areas and installing industrial grade access points that can handle tons of users and AP switching, etc. Creating such a network isn’t instantaneous (I think it would take at least two months), but it’s nothing extraordinary, either. Only a fraction of those 80,000 users are connecting to it, so you don’t have to build out large enough to connect everybody. More than likely, enough people connect to it that it reduces congestion on the cell networks, and the rest of the people who never bothered to connect by-and-large just stay on the newly-uncongested cell networks.

  • Kildawg

    Haslem already got us cheerleaders, and we beat Pittsburgh. New Head Coach is undoubtedly on the way, and a logo would be awesome as long as the helmets do not sport them. Bring back the orange pants for home and away, as well as the alternate orange jersey.