What’s bright orange, smells like beer and fried bologna, and gets loud in the Fall? Cleveland Browns fans in the “Dawg Pound” at FirstEnergy Stadium. Whether you’re a Cleveland native or you’re only in town for the day, taking in a Browns game at FirstEnergy Stadium is something you won’t want to miss. So, grab your friends and family and head to the newly renovated stadium for a game day like no other.
At A Glance:
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Who: FirstEnergy Stadium is home to the Cleveland Browns.
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium is located in Cleveland, Ohio.
Originally named Cleveland Browns Stadium, FirstEnergy Stadium is built on the site of the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Construction began in 1997, and the stadium opened its doors in 1999. When the stadium was first built, it broke away from NFL tradition and chose not to sell naming rights for the entire building. Instead, it sold rights to the four entrance gates. Then, in 2013, the Browns announced a long-term naming rights partnership with FirstEnergy.
The stadium is made of precast concrete and glass, with natural stone accents at the base. Since it was first constructed, the stadium has undergone major renovations, including increased wifi connectivity, new video boards, escalators, a new sound system, and revamped luxury suites. All in all, the renovation cost $120 million.
In addition to hosting the Cleveland Browns, FirstEnergy Stadium also hosts soccer games and concerts. Some big names to perform in the stadium include Kenny Chesney, N*Sync, and U2.
- To fund renovations to Cleveland Stadium, Cuyahoga County voters approved an extension of the “sin tax” on alcohol and tobacco products. (Voters later approved a tear down and rebuild of Cleveland Stadium to make FirstEnergy Stadium.)
- The first game played at FirstEnergy Stadium was between the Cleveland Browns and the Minnesota Vikings.
- FirstEnergy Stadium occasionally hosts both the United States Men’s National soccer team (USMNT) and United States Women’s National soccer team (USWNT).
- FirstEnergy Stadium is one of only two NFL stadiums to never host a postseason game (the other is U.S. Bank Stadium).
- The first concert played at FirstEnergy Stadium was George Strait in 2000.
- The underground heating system and Kentucky Bluegrass sand-soil use 40 miles of underground piping.
- FirstEnergy acquired naming rights in 2013. Before that, the stadium had not sold naming rights for the entire building, but had instead sold naming rights for each of the four entrance gates.
FirstEnergy Stadium holds 1,100 luxury club seats. Each luxury suite features sweeping city and lake views, extra wide, plush, theater style seating, private entrances, VIP parking, mini kitchens, high definition flat screen TVs, full service wet bars, game day programs and roster cards, and delicious food from renowned Cleveland chefs Michael Symon, Rocco Whalen, Chris Hodgson, and Jonathon Sawyer
Exclusive benefits for annual suite ticket holders include access to the suites on non-game days, a designated suite attendant, and invitations to exclusive events.
Food & Drinks:
If you have a hankering for something mouth watering, you’ve come to the right place. Concessions partner Aramark announced in 2013 that it would introduce food from celebrity chefs Michael Symon, Rocco Whalen, Jonathon Sawyer and Chris Hodgson.
Fan favorites include sweet and spicy baby back ribs, fried mac and cheese balls, grilled cheese pretzels, and Cleveland whiskey. As an homage to the “Dawg Pound” (a seating section specifically for Browns fans), Steve Aheimer, executive chef for Aramark, created a “Bad to the Bone Bologna,” which is fried all-beef bologna cut into the shape of “Dawg” bones.
What To Do When You Visit:
Take a Tour: Tours of FirstEnergy Stadium are available between April and December. They typically include visits to the press box, the playing field, the Hall of Fame, the locker room, and other facilities, but can take different routes during construction.
Tailgate: Two hours before kickoff, ticket holders can gather for a sanctioned tailgating party at the northern enclosure. Additionally, fans can celebrate at one of the unofficial tailgate parties. The Cleveland Municipal parking lot on Marginal gets particularly festive.
- FirstEnergy Stadium does not have a public parking garage. Season ticket holders can park in the parking lots adjacent to FirstEnergy Stadium.
- Game day parking for non season ticket holders is available online via Parking Panda. These spots are conveniently located within walking distance of FirstEnergy Stadium.
- Since parking is very limited, the best way to get to the stadium is via RTA, Cleveland’s mass transit system.
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