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Browns raising 2024 ticket prices, re-signing Za'Darius Smith

Mar. 11—Ticket prices for Browns home games are increasing, the team announced on March 11 in a news release.

The Browns in the release said they reached their season ticket membership maximum each of the past five years and expect to reach it again in 2024. The waitlist for season tickets has more than 8,000 deposits heading into the 2024 season ticket member renewal process.

According to the news release:

—Nearly 85% of club-level seats and just about 40% of lower bowl seats are increasing no more than $20 per game.

—Approximately 60% of the upper bowl is going up by no more than $5 per game, and another 20% of the upper bowl by no more than $10 per game.

—The entire mezzanine/deck level will also change by no more than $20 per game.

The release said the Browns project their ticket prices to range in the middle third of ticket prices among the NFL's 32 teams.

"We are consistently striving for ways to enhance our fans' game-day experience while also providing affordable ticket options and flexible payment plans for Browns fans that work for each and every one of them," David Lee, Cleveland Browns Vice President of Ticket Operations said in a statement. "For the 2024 season, fans will continue to see enhanced food and beverage amenities, club spaces and merchandise.

"Season ticket members will also receive more game day discounts, gifting and special event opportunities. It's important we provide our fans with a range of options for each seating section at Cleveland Browns Stadium as well as variably priced single game tickets."

Browns single-game ticket prices in 2024 will once again be variably priced.

Fans can visit clevelandbrowns.com, the Browns' mobile app or call 440-891-5050 for more information on placing waitlist deposits for upcoming seasons.

The Browns were 8-1 at home last season. They and all AFC teams play eight home games in 2024. The Browns will play the Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers from the AFC North plus the Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New York Giants. The exact schedule will be announced in May.

Smith, Hurst re-signed

The Browns did not agree to terms with a free agent from another team on March 11 after the negotiating period began at noon, but they did re-sign two of their own players. Defensive end Za'Darius Smith signed a two-year contract worth $23.5 million. Smith was on a one-year contract last year. He registered 5.5 sacks in 2023. ...Defensive tackle Maurice Hurst signed a one-year deal to stay with the Browns.

Mike Ford, a cornerback for the Browns last season, agreed to terms on a two-year $4.5 million deal with the Texans...Middle linebacker Anthony Walker agreed to a one-year deal with the Dolphins. The Browns are expected to re-sign Sione Takitaki with the idea of making him the starting middle linebacker in 2024.