Browns training camp staying in Berea for 2016

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BEREA, Ohio– The Cleveland Browns announced they will be keeping training camp in Berea for 2016.

On Thursday, the team said they evaluating a move to Columbus. A development group and the Browns recently asked the state of Ohio to help pay $5 million in the capital improvement budget to build a practice facility at Ohio State University.

“When we first explored the potential opportunity to hold training camp out of town, we conveyed that we would make the decision based on what is best for our football operations and their preparation for the season,” a Browns spokesman said in a statement. “Our football group believes it would be a positive, as it is for nearly a dozen teams in the NFL. In relocating training camp, we would incur all the costs associated with moving and holding our operations at a remote site.”

According to the spokesman, Columbus approached the team to make a facility that could be used for youth recreational while not in use by the Browns. City leaders are working on the plans.

“Columbus is a good location for us for multiple reasons, including to give more convenient opportunities to our fans across Ohio to experience their team in person,” the team said.

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission said multiple sites in central Ohio are being considered, but nothing has been finalized.

“We remain excited and hopeful regarding the possibility of the Cleveland Browns finding a location for their summer training camp in Columbus,” said Greater Columbus Sports Commission Executive Director Linda Logan, in a statement on Thursday. “A Browns presence in Columbus would be the impetus for leaders of our public and private sectors to research new or improved sports facilities for our region.  We know such facilities enhance the quality of life for our residents, and attract opportunities for additional revenue, taxes and jobs with the influx of visiting tournaments, camps and events.”

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