Cleveland Browns Stadium, recently deemed the Factory of Sadness, is allegedly in need of repairs due to the city’s inclement weather and the team would like to repair it sooner than later. In addition, the Browns would like the city of Cleveland to help foot the bill to the tune of $5.8 million.
Thomas Ott of The Plain Dealer reports that the original 30-year lease for Cleveland Browns Stadium calls for the city to put aside $850,000 per year for major repairs. The team, led by chief counsel Fred Nance, is hoping that Frank Jackson and the city of Cleveland can advance the NFL franchise this year’s amount plus that of the next six seasons.
The request has been met with some friction from specific councilmen due to the perception that tax-paying citizens are funding a billion-dollar industry. In 1995 following the departure of the Art Model-owned Browns to Baltimore, Cuyahoga County voters agreed to dedicate the sin tax to help build the stadium, which ended up costing more than $290 million, and eventually to cover $29 million in repairs.
Per Ott, in addition to the repair of concrete walkways in and outside of the stadium, the Browns would refurbish club seats on the north and south sides of the stadium and at the east end zone with another $750,000 going towards waterproofing the concrete under said seats.
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