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Brook Park Cleveland Browns Football Stadium in Berea, Ohio

Updated: 4 days ago

Many questions surround the Brook Park Cleveland Browns football stadium project buzz, and the hope for a new dome fitted facility loaded with high tech gadgetry, ample parking, retail shops and cafes located just 22-minutes South of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The cost to build a new football stadium at Brook Park is estimated at $2.5 Billion. While a renovated stadium staying at the current location along the waterfront in downtown Cleveland is estimated at $1.2 Billion. Although most agree creating a new multi-functional dome stadium to host events such as live music concerts, trade shows and professional conferences year-round could add significant economic benefits for Greater Cleveland, Ohio. And, The Haslam Sports Group, owner of the Cleveland Browns has acquired the 176-acre Brook Park property in Berea, a central location, close to the Hopkins International Airport with an existing high traffic infrastructure.

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Several investment partners have also shown interest in working with the Haslam Sports Group to develop the new NFL dome stadium project including Cleveland Clinic Hospitals, Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund and Mark Cuban, billionaire part-owner of Dallas Mavericks and Shark Tank investor, who just cashed-in for $3.5 billion on partial sale of his basketball operation. Cuban, a native born in nearby Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania just might be a viable investment partner for the Haslam Sports Group to work with on securing the additional funding to make the new dome stadium project a business success and curate innovative entrepreneur start-ups in the Greater Cleveland Ohio area, the home of prestiges Case Western University and ranked by ZILLOW as the eighth fastest growing real estate housing market in the United States.

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So whether a dome football stadium like the proposed Brook Park project is more profitable than an open roof stadium is a complex question with no definitive answer. Both types have distinct advantages and disadvantages that can affect their overall profitability. But the prospect of the new dome stadium in Northeast Ohio could add significant economic benefits long-term over the next 25 years. Note the following ...

Advantages of Dome Stadiums:

  • Weather Control: Dome stadiums can host events regardless of weather conditions all year, leading to increased attendance and revenue potential, especially in regions with harsh climates or potential snow conditions.

  • Year-Round Use: Domes can be used for various events throughout the year, such as concerts, conventions, and other sporting events, generating additional income.

  • Fan Comfort:  Controlled environments can offer a more comfortable experience for fans, potentially leading to increased attendance, concession sales and potentially higher ticket prices.

  • Prestige and Appeal:  A modern, state-of-the-art dome stadium can be a significant attraction for fans and local businesses, boosting a city's image and attracting high-profile events that may generate increased tax revenue benefits.

Disadvantages of Dome Stadiums:

  • Higher Construction Costs:  Dome stadiums are significantly more expensive to build and maintain than open-air stadiums. A dome stadium retractable roof may last 15 to 20 years depending on the quality of maintenance.

  • Artificial Turf: Some fans and players prefer natural grass, and artificial turf can be a drawback for certain events. Studies have shown a higher rate of non-contact injuries on artificial turf, particularly for lower extremities like knees and ankles. The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) has been vocal about its preference for natural grass and has cited data supporting a 28% higher rate of non-contact lower extremity injuries on turf.

  • Limited Natural Light:  Domes can feel less open and airy compared to open-air stadiums, affecting the atmosphere and overall experience for some fans.

Advantages of Open Roof Stadiums:

  • Lower Construction and Maintenance Costs:  Open roof stadiums are typically less expensive to build and maintain.

  • Natural Grass:  The ability to have natural grass can be a significant advantage for football teams and other sporting events.

  • Open-Air Atmosphere:  Fans often prefer the open-air feel of a traditional stadium, especially on pleasant days.

  • Community Integration: Open roof stadiums can be designed to integrate with their surroundings, creating a sense of connection to the city and its landscape.

Disadvantages of Open Roof Stadiums:

  • Weather Dependence:  Events can be canceled or disrupted due to adverse weather conditions, leading to lost revenue.

  • Limited Use: The use of open roof stadiums may be limited during certain seasons or times of day due to weather concerns.

  • Fan Comfort:  Extreme heat, cold, or rain can negatively impact fan comfort and attendance.

Ultimately, the profitability of a stadium depends on various factors, including:

  • Location:  Climate, local demographics, and the demand for events play a crucial role in determining profitability and integration of the local community.

  • Design and Amenities: A well-designed stadium with attractive amenities can enhance the fan experience and generate more revenue including potential retail shops and urban residential housing such as condos and townhouses.

  • Management and Marketing: Effective management and marketing strategies are essential for attracting events and maximizing revenue potential.

In conclusion, both dome and open roof stadiums have their own set of advantages and disadvantages that can affect profitability. There is no one-size-fits-all answer, and the best choice for a particular city or team will depend on a careful analysis of the specific circumstances and goals. But I envision a Haslam Sports Group dome stadium project at the Brook Park location in Berea as a potential big win for the Greater Cleveland Ohio area. It could be a very lucrative and beneficial project for the entire community, an excellent investment opportunity. Go Browns!

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James E Dean resides in the Greater Cleveland Ohio community. Mr. Dean brings over 35 years of experience across a wide range of industries worldwide. He is considered by many to be a leading expert in the energy sector, retail eCommerce, brand marketing and AI technology.  J Dean is also a frequent Blogger, and graduate of Boston University. He enjoys collecting antiques, travel and fitness. Email  Message


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