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Cleveland Browns Stadium: A Fan's Guide

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The Cleveland Browns are an American professional football franchise in the north division of the American Football Conference (AFC) of the National Football League (NFL). Their home is Cleveland Browns Stadium, which is an epic structure overlooking Lake Erie. The stadium is an expansion on the tradition of Cleveland Municipal Stadium, which stood in Cleveland Browns Stadium's current position from 1946 to 1995. The new stadium, which was finished in 1999, still runs east to west with the famous Dawg Pound on the east side.

If you are a Cleveland Browns fan or another team's fan (who are not welcomed warmly by loyal Cleveland fans) attending games at this stadium, there are important pieces of information that you need to know in order to completely enjoy and appreciate your Cleveland Browns' experience.

Stadium Name: Cleveland Browns Stadium

Location: West Third Street Downtown Cleveland

Maximum capacity: Over 73,200

Year built: 1997-1999

Parking:

There are five large parking lots that surround Cleveland Browns Stadium: the North Port Authority parking lot (Yellow Lot), the West Third Street parking lot (Orange Lot), the Dock 20 (Blue Lot), the Dock 32, and the Great Lakes Science Center parking garage. Every lot offers seasonal parking passes that can be purchased through Ampco System Parking; they can be reached at 216-367-7915. Moreover, all of the lots have single game parking available for $25, except the Great Lakes Science Center garage. Dock 20's lot can accommodate larger vehicles for those interested in tailgating. Camper and limousines will coast $45 to park, while large buses and RVs will cost $65 to park.

If you are someone who would like to avoid the incredible traffic and hustle and bustle around the stadium, there are other nearby parking options in the city. The Municipal Parking Lot, which is located at 1500 South Marginal Rd, has 2,000 available parking spaces at $20 a car and can accommodate tailgaters. Willard Park Garage and Surface Lot, located at 601 Lakeside Ave, can accommodate 1,500 cars and charges $20 a car too. The cheapest lot is the Canal Basin, which is only $5 to park in, but it also only can accommodate about 200 vehicles. It is located at 1519 Merwin Ave.

Food and Beverage:

Hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken sandwiches, pizza, nachos, popcorn, beer, liquor, soft drinks, water, and a large variety of other options detailed below:

Food and beverages can be found in all sorts of variety throughout the Browns' stadium. There are the general concession stands, Club Lounges, BrownsTown, and The Grille. The concession stands are often themed in a way that relates their food products to the Browns, such as the "Dawg Pound Deli," and offer a variety of typical concessions: hot dogs, beer, hamburgers, pizza, nachos, and popcorn. The Club Lounges offer upscale buffet options that change on a game-by-game basis, but access to this is only open to Club Level fans. BrownsTown is an interactive indoor tailgating experience and The Grille is a full-service bar and grill within the stadium that offers gourmet burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches.

Prohibited Items: Alcoholic beverages, weapons, illegal substances, animals, large bags, coolers, ice chests, beverage cans, laser lights, commercial-grade video and recording equipment, and umbrellas.

Permitted Items: Medium sized bags, binocular, personal cameras and video recording equipment, personal radio, and seat cushions. However, all of these items are potentially subject to search, especially the medium sized bags.

Stetson Thacker is a resident of Ohio and follows both of Ohio's NFL teams closely. Stetson has attended numerous Cleveland Browns football games.

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