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Cleveland City Councilman Mike Polensek said he'll ask his City Council colleagues tonight to support a resolution urging the NFL to consider Cleveland as the site of the 50th Anniversary Super Bowl in 2016. It will also state that the city is considering (though many say it is the longest of long shots) the possibility of putting a roof on Browns Stadium to accommodate a Super Bowl. Polensek says a copy of the resolution will be sent to the NFL.
I'm sorry, I just think it's pie-in-the-sky to get those types of activities for a domed-over Cleveland Browns Stadium, and if anyone thinks that the revenue from those "hoped for" events and activities will offset the massive costs of roofing over the stadium (and again, those costs WILL go up as more feasibility and engineering studies/plans are drawn up), I don't think that the hard numbers bear it out. Sure, go ahead and do the studies (who pays for them?) and see what comes up, but it just doesn't seem that Indianapolis, Minneapolis and Detroit really maximize the use of their domed stadiums, and at least according to the article above, don't see much value in hosting the Super Bowl, other than it makes everyone feel good, like their city is a major deal. And I really have to wonder ... is covering the stadium and trying to get a Super Bowl really worth the cost, because in the end, it's more about civic self-esteem than about really increasing the quality of life in the city or increasing economic viability.
ts about correcting a problem and tying the stadium into the current convention center to make various venues work together.
I think some people miss the point. this is NOT about the superbowl or about just covering the stadium. its about correcting a problem and tying the stadium into the current convention center to make various venues work together.I think that we have to get past people think this is a "magic wand" and again....look at the bigger picture
Well, basically every caller (including County Commissioner Hagan) has said that public money should not be spent on this...the people won't go for it...corporate welfare...what about the schools...etc.etc.etc. Every time, the three respondents have said, "we're just talking about what's possible and we don't want to use any public funds." They think that financing it will be the "easiest" part. So, what's the problem? If it's going to be paid for with private money, then what's the debate? Well, like they said, this is the beginning of the discussion and we need to make sure along the way that no public dollars are spent on this project. If it's so easy, then let's push it forward and see the benefits at no additional cost to the people of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. That's basically what I got out of the conversation...
We should build a dome over the schools!
Tonight: U.S. vs. VenezuelaFriday, May 26, 2006Where/When: Cleveland Browns Stadium, 7 p.m., gates open at 5:30 p.m.Tickets: Available, ranging from $20 to $150.TV: ESPN2
Oh, looky there.It's actually used a tad bit more then ten times a year. From the PDQuoteTonight: U.S. vs. VenezuelaFriday, May 26, 2006Where/When: Cleveland Browns Stadium, 7 p.m., gates open at 5:30 p.m.Tickets: Available, ranging from $20 to $150.TV: ESPN2
Committee may study stadium lidThursday, June 01, 2006By Ken PrendergastBrooklyn Sun JournalCLEVELAND _ A study committee may be formed soon to review the merits of putting a retractable roof on Cleveland Browns Stadium. At its last meeting, Cleveland City Council's Planning Committee recommended creating the study group, likely to be comprised of city, county and Browns representatives.The committee would identify costs of adding the roof and look at the viability of revenue sources to cover the cost. A preliminary cost of $70 million to $90 million was estimated by developer and architect Bob Corna. He is advocating the retractable roof along with a number of council persons, led by Ward 11's Mike Polensek.Corna said some unconventional revenue sources should be considered, such as using a dot-matrix advertising overlay on the roof, large enough to be seen from a hovering blimp. The material could be similar to those that wrap buses in an advertisement while allowing passengers to see out the covered windows.Additional events at a year-round stadium would generate more revenues from concessions, parking and admissions taxes. Another is naming rights. Corna referred to Citizens Bank recently agreeing to pay $95 million over 25 years for naming rights to the Philadelphia Phillies' baseball park.That could pay for the roof right there, he said.Corna also noted that increased loge and season ticket prices, if additional events are included as part of the package, might be feasible. There are 270 loges at Browns Stadium, costing about $170,000 per year. If that were increased by $10,000 each, or $2.7 million total, that could leverage a $40 million construction bond.What is it worth to that ticket holder if you guarantee a Super Bowl and an NCAA final? Corna asked. There could be other events included. It's not just about football. In the loges, each of these companies could hold catered business meetings. Imagine 270 meeting spaces.He said a decision whether to put a retractable roof on the stadium could influence where the convention center will be in the future. The existing convention center is across the Shoreway and lakefront tracks from the stadium. One city proposal would expand it northward, above the highway and tracks, to near the stadium. The other location being considered is a new site at Tower City Center.A design issue to be considered is whether towers needed to support the retractable roof would be too tall for planes approaching Burke Lakefront Airport. Corna said he suspects it won't be a problem, but said the clearance issue will be looked at by the study group.
OSU football to play in Cleveland in '0910:21 a.m.From staff reportsOhio State and Toledo have signed an agreement to play a football game at Cleveland Browns Stadium in 2009.OSU athletic director Gene Smith said today that the Buckeyes and Toledo are locked in on a two-game series. The second game will be held in Columbus in 2011, Smith said.The last time Ohio State played a game in Cleveland was 1991, when the Buckeyes stopped Northwestern, 34-3, at Municipal Stadium.Smith is in Cleveland today to announce the start of a men’s basketball series with Cleveland State that will start in the 2007-08 firstname.lastname@example.org