Browns take training camp to Akron for Family Day

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Akron, Ohio —The Cleveland Browns took their annual Family Day scrimmage on the road, and the team took the field in Akron in front of a full house.

Infocision Stadium in Akron is usually home to the Blue and Gold, but on Saturday it was home to the brown and orange.

“That’s Cleveland Browns, that’s not Bowling Green, no, no, we are glad to have the Cleveland Browns,” said Akron Zips head football coach Terry Bowden.

More than 20,000 Browns fans packed into the Zips football stadium to watch the team’s first live scrimmage of training camp.

“I know it helps them but it really helps us,” Bowden said. “It helps us to sell our stadium, our facilities and we’ll have about 10,000 people here that have never been in this stadium so we are glad to have them.”

This was the first time since 1973 that an exhibition contest of any kind involving the Browns was held in Akron.

“It’s a beautiful situation,” said Robert Wharton, of Akron. “I hope they consider coming down more often.”

Fans of all ages were decked out in their brown and orange, and every seat in the house made you feel like you were part of the action.

“If you’re at Berea, you’re a little bit more up and personal being in this stadium you are a little farther away but there is a much bigger crowd and people seem to be getting more involved,” said Enid Russell of Akron.

Fans attending day in Akron got their first look at the quarterback competition and the quarterbacks didn’t disappoint.

“Manziel how quick he is, I didn’t know if he was going to have the same speed here in the NFL but he looks just as quick in college as he does out here on this field so pretty excited about what he can do with his leg,” said Brice Schroeder of Columbus.

The Browns have had discussions about moving Training Camp out of Berea, Akron is one of the places the team is reportedly looking to set up camp.  That would be just fine for those living in and around Summit County.

“I think it would be great if they moved it right here, they could get more people in when they had open practices and it’s an A-Class facility,” Russell said.

No matter what happens, fans were happy to have the Browns in their own backyard.

“Go Browns, all of a sudden we are the biggest Browns fans in the world,” said Bowden.