BEREA, Ohio- Are you ready for some football? In less than a week, the Cleveland Browns officially kick off the season as training camp starts in Berea.
Preparations are already underway in the city of Berea and fans are pumped up for another Browns season.
“The signs are up, the tents are going up, the neighbors are getting excited and looking forward to a new season,” said Joann Henry, of Berea.
The Browns will hold 11 practices open to the public during training camp beginning July 30. Most practices begin at 9:30 a.m. and end around noon. (See the full schedule here)
“You get a lot of fans that come up and down these street, some of them are optimistic, some of them say it’s going to be the same thing this year as it was last year,” said Ken Filiberto, of Berea.
All practices at the team’s facility are free to attend, but fans needed to register online at ClevelandBrowns.com for tickets. They are no longer available.
“It’s pretty easy,” said Robert Stevens, of Berea. “I think it’s pretty fair because more people get to go to see the Browns at training camp than the same people going every single day.”
Once arriving in Berea, fans are encouraged to park on the campus of Baldwin Wallace University. Once parked, fans can walk down Beech Street and right into the Browns training facility. As always, smoking, weapons, noisemakers, animals, alcohol and aerosol cans are prohibited. You can bring umbrellas, strollers, purses, backpacks and lawn chairs.
The Browns have discussed moving training camp out of Berea on numerous occasions. If this happens, this could be the last time you see the brown and orange practice in person on Lou Groza Boulevard.
“I’d like to see them stay here. There is a lot of opportunity if the city will work with them,” Filiberto said.
“I think it should be close to Cleveland where the Browns play and I think Berea is a perfect spot for it,” Stevens said.
“I think the fans would certainly miss it, especially if it moves out of town or further south. And I think definitely the city would miss it,” Henry said.
The Browns do have their Orange and Brown scrimmage scheduled for Aug. 7 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Registration to attend that scrimmage is closed as all tickets have been given out.