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Cleveland Browns Stadium
Cleveland Browns Stadium is a football stadium located in Cleveland, Ohio. It is the home of the Cleveland Browns NFL franchise. The stadium sits on 31 acres (130,000 m²) of land on the shores of Lake Erie and has a capacity of at least 73,200. The normal use of Cleveland Browns Stadium is only for football; however, the stadium was built with a playing surface large enough to allow it to host international soccer matches.
Cleveland Browns Stadium sits on the former site of Cleveland Stadium, which housed the Browns before owner Art Modell moved the team to Baltimore. As part of the deal that brought a "new" Browns team to Cleveland, the city of Cleveland tore down Cleveland Stadium after the 1996 NFL season to make room for the new facility. Ground was broken on May 15, 1997, the stadium opened in July 1999, and the resurrected Browns debuted there during the 1999-2000 NFL season.
The city chose not to sell the naming rights to the stadium itself; this is very non-typical for major American stadiums built in recent years. However, the naming rights to all four of the facility's gates were sold.
The West 3rd St. station of Cleveland's Waterfront light rail line serves the stadium.
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