AFC North: Good week for Browns; Not as much for Steelers

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Jul 25, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski greets fans during training camp at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

 

It’s been a good week for the Cleveland Browns, who watched their in-state rivals in the Cincinnati Bengals lose on Sunday to pull them to within 1.5 games of the division lead in the AFC North. But the best news came on Wednesday when the team unveiled plans to upgrade their stadium, announcing a two-year, $120 million renovation project.

The NFL has already approved a $62.5 million loan to the team to be used toward stadium improvements, and Banner said that loan will be applied toward the project, which will include high-definition video scoreboards, escalators and a reduction of 3,000 seats:

“We have to do this together,” Banner said. “Obviously, the planning commission and a number of agencies in the city would have to be in line and approving this project for it to happen economics aside, and obviously economics aren’t an aside, so there is nothing that can happen to the stadium without the city feeling positive.”

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