NFL Rumors: FirstEnergy Stadium potentially receiving $200 million in upgrades

FirstEnergy Stadium could be receiving a bit of a face lift in the coming months.

Per Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository, the place once expected to house Bon Jovi for an evening could be looking at upgrades north of $200 million. On the cover, this dollar amount could potentially include the addition of a retractable roof to the current structure, but the cost and likelihood of such an addition has been debated since Haslam purchased the team last October. Prior to Haslam’s acquisition, the Browns front office had asked the city of Cleveland to provide $5.8 million for repairs to areas that had reportedly sustained damage due to use coupled with abrasive lake-front weather.

Following Haslam’s acquisition, the Browns hired Alec Scheiner, a former Dallas Cowboys executive who was credited with much of the planning, financing, and implementation of upgrades at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. This hiring came roughly one month after Haslam and his team took a trip to Jerry Jones’ gem and saw the venue first hand.

Housing 73,200 seats, FirstEnergy Stadium (formerly named Cleveland Browns Stadium) was build in 1999 for $283 million.

[Related: Browns will not raise ticket prices for 2013; cell service issues to be rectified]


  • Kevin Huyghe

    Could this be the reason for cancelling the show? They want to work on it during the summer? Not that I was particularly geeked up about the event, and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go or not… but after all the hullabaloo about the “Major announcement” being the big “kick-off” concert event, just cancelling it with zero explanation rubs me the wrong way.

  • DJM

    Do you really think the could do $200 Million of work before August. I dont think so. This has to be future plans

  • JHop

    So that’s where all the money from the unpaid rebates is going…

  • Ben Frambaugh

    Fan experience is fan experience…and I have no problem with him wanting to enhance it. Yes, we’d all enjoy it more if the Browns were in the playoffs…but if you’re going to be miserable in the stadium, you might as well do so in style.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Quick spend it before Flying Pilot J’s assets get frozen by the government!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Snitches get stitches!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    They could easily spend $200M upgrading that cookie cutter stadium. The NFL got Cleveland twice in that whole expansion deal.

  • I am fascinated by anyone who seriously takes this with a snarky attitude. There’s nothing wrong with improving the stadium. Well, at least until they come to the city with their hands out. Until then though, I’ll just say this is a good thing and much needed.

  • JHop

    I agree. At least this isn’t the same situation as the city of Charlotte is in with Panthers owner Jerry Richardson. Begged for nearly $100 million to help on the stadium, even though leaked tax returns showed the team has been doing quite financially well in recent years. On top of that, as soon as the vote passed for the funding, Richardson gave $10 million to UNC-Charlotte to have the stadium named after himself.

    tl;dr as long as the money’s coming out of the team’s pockets, I don’t care what they do to the stadium

  • MrCleaveland

    Art Modell might have had his faults, but at least he wasn’t always upgrading our beloved stadium.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Oh Craig lighten up a little it’s Cleveland after all!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The Rock smells what ur cookin’!

  • maxfnmloans


    I know the NFL let Modell move in an effort to scare other NFL cities into publicly funded stadia, but seeing as how the roads and bridges are falling down around us while our major cities go bankrupt, perhaps it is time or us to re-asess how we utilize public funds.

    But if they want to cut the check, then by all means…

  • But…but…its the Internet. Anonymous negativity and snark is requisite.

  • architrance

    A shinier Factory of Sadness?


    One word….robots! Jimmy is replacing the beer vendors with robots!


  • Harv 21

    Shows moron doesn’t get Browns traditions and never will. Just keep our beer room temp, coughed in by the homeless vendor and pinky-dipped by 3 strangers as they slosh it down the row.


  • mgbode

    hey, no roof means the room temp is ice cold beer.

  • mgbode

    would it have been better to have cost the city 2X the amount or more?


  • Harv 21

    no, not when it’s the extra cans the flu-ridden beer guy pulled from his waistband so he could delay restock. I’m kind of digging Reep’s imagery, a Star Wars-y silver dude with legs designed for stadium steps and a cold abdominal cavity/keg.

  • mgbode

    getting those drunken flu germs is a critical part of the NE Ohio immunization rounds. you get them weakened so that your body can build up the necessary antibodies to get through the winter.

  • MOARwins

    wait Jimmy is going to buy wins now? GENIUS

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Considering the product that played on the field probably not.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    At least the vendor didn’t take a dump next to them like the one in Houston who took his slushies into the stall with him!

  • Jason Hurley

    Snitches get federal protection from corporate retribution!

  • Harv 21

    a fine comment.

  • Jason Hurley

    Can the robot vendor play QB? #cleveland’d

  • James Workman

    Couldn’t agree more. Even though I am a public sector employee who’s compensation is questioned on a yearly basis, I would love this country to reassess how we spend tax dollars.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    But not from Federal Retribution…