CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns revealed a two-year modernization project proposed for FirstEnergy Stadium on Wednesday.
During the first year of the project in 2014, the Browns want to install two new video boards, which will be nearly triple the size of the existing boards in each end zone. The plan also calls for LED video boards and a brand new audio system that will deliver clearer audio to fans in the facility.
The first installation of the project also calls for an increase in lower bowl seating for fans and additional escalators at both the north and south end zones.
In 2015, the Browns plan to improve the general admission concession areas and upgrade club seats and suites. The second phase also includes improvements to honor the Browns' history and players.
The Browns say the organization has launched the process of reviewing the proposal with the city. Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson released the following statement Wednesday:
The Cleveland Browns have submitted a plan for improvements to FirstEnergy Stadium. These plans will be reviewed by the Design Review Committee of the Cleveland Planning Commission tomorrow and by the full Planning Commission on Friday, November 15, 2013.
We have reviewed the design and are supportive of the improvements to the facility. The plan meets structural requirements and will improve the fan experience here in Cleveland.
The details of the financing for the $120 million improvement plan are still being discussed.
The Browns recently completed a $5 million, four-month renovation project to the team's training facility in Berea.