Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland)

Cleveland Browns Stadium // Photo by Matthew Trump

Cleveland Browns Stadium // Photo by Matthew Trump

It was my first National Football League experience – my first game and my first stadium visited. Although the game itself could be described as arguably the worst game of football ever played, the weather and the stadium made for a fun and interesting experience.

There is nothing like catching an NFL game in the pouring rain on a freezing, windy October day – where both teams only manage to score in single digits. But that’s what we got – the San Diego Chargers beat the Cleveland Browns 7-6 on October 28, 2012 in Cleveland.

However, the venue was surely a memorable one.

Cleveland Browns Stadium – soon to be known as FirstEnergy Stadium – is located in the North Coast Harbor. Next to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center, the stadium is one of the biggest attractions in the area. 

One of the most identifiable attributes of the Cleveland stadium is, in fact, their fans – or at least a select group of their fans. As some people come and go throughout the game, the Dawg Pound – located behind the east end zone – shouts and hollers throughout the game to get the players and fellow fans into the atmosphere of the game.

Although the fans in Cleveland haven’t had a lot to cheer about over the past few seasons, there is still a plethora of people who fill the seats to watch the game.

The services at the game were great and the stadium itself is located right on the water with a great view from the north side of the building.

Along the outside of the stadium’s south side are plaques of the faces of Cleveland Brown greats to give fans, like myself, a chance to see former players of the franchise.

The team will take steps towards bettering the on-field product with the development of Trent Richardson and addition of other young players, but for the time being if you’re looking for a good venue to watch an NFL game go to Cleveland and check out Cleveland Browns Stadium.

You won’t be disappointed.

Location: 100 Alfred Lemer Way, Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Opened: September 12, 1999
Capacity: 73,200
Tenants: Cleveland Browns (1999-present)

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