Today’s photo is of Cleveland Browns Stadium. Here is some information about the stadium from the Cleveland Browns website:
“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 Cleveland Browns Stadium, which was opened in 1999. To keep that tradition going, the playing field at Cleveland Browns 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 Cleveland Browns 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 Cleveland Browns 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, Cleveland Browns 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.
For more info: http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/index.html
Today’s Quote: “When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less”. – Paul Brown