News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Don Drumm Studios

Knight Foundation


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Sports


Cleveland Council decides tonight if Browns stadium gets $30 million
Team says the city is getting one of the best deals in the NFL
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


Reporter
Kevin Niedermier
 
Browns President Joe Banner says council has good questions and he hopes he answered them well enough to swing tonight's vote.
Courtesy of KEVIN NIEDERMIER
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Cleveland City Council will vote this evening on the city’s proposed share of a $120 million renovation project at the Brown’s FirstEnergy Stadium.  
As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, council questioned officials from the team and the city for four hours today about the funding plan.

LISTEN: Niedermier on the stadium pros and cons

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:06)


Under the city-owned stadium’s lease agreement with the Browns, Cleveland must help pay for capital improvements, as well as annual maintenance.

Under the deal struck last week by Mayor Frank Jackson, the city would provide $2 million a year for 15years for the renovations. That $30 million will help pay for new scoreboards and other enhancements.

Some council members are balking, saying the general fund dollars should be spent on more police or street repairs.  Some questioned whether or not the city is even obligated to fund enhancements, and wanted more time to review the agreement.

During the meeting, they grilled Brown’s CEO Joe Banner about the deal. He told them few NFL host cities have deals this good.Afterwards, he was anticipating tonight’s  vote: 

"They wouldn't be doing their job if they didn't have some concerns, and I actually pleased that I felt like a meaningful was actually supportive."
Those who weren't he says, had legitimate questions that he thinks the team answered adequately.

Banner says upgrades to the 14-year-old facility are necessary to keep the stadium among the top 15 in the league, another stipulation in the lease agreement struck back in 1996, when Cleveland was trying to get a new team after the Browns left for Baltimore.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

A small group of tea party and Democrats protest at Kasich campaign stop
Enjoyed your excellent coverage of the statehouse for sometime now, never dreamed I'd be on. The feedback from people has been great. Thank you. Doris Adams

Top staffers are leaving the FitzGerald gubernatorial campaign
I's too bad that the dirt on Fitzgerald dug up by Kasich's operatives and publicized heavily by the Yellow Plain Dealer has caused the weak staffers of the Fitz...

Churches come together to welcome and include Gay Games athletes
Nicely done!!! A little known fact about the El Salvadoran and Columbian scholarships.. A big thank you to the Faith Community for their support of Gay Games 9....

What do Ohio farmers need to do to control Lake Erie problems?
This was a great article, thank you, Karen Schaefer. There was an error- Roger Wise is the past president of the Ohio Farmer's Union; not the Ohio Farm Bureau ...

Registration for the 2014 Gay Games ends Monday at midnight
Judy Benson and Sally Tatnall are loved and appreciated by all in our community and throughout the US for their untiring work for OLOC and for educating the com...

Like any family, the Gay Games has its generation gaps
Great article ... important perspective.

Gay Games rodeo: Changing stereotypes
Robin, Thank you for a fine piece of recorded history. This is history in the making; a gay, Asian man, one of the last bronc riders in IGRA, and Rodeo at Gay G...

Ohio lawmakers hold hearing on prison food problems
So you fine them..this has been going onand the law makers are aware of this issue.I have been told by many about the maggots and rotten food not fit for a dog ...

Interview with early Beatle Pete Best
"the Leshdu (?) Quartet.." Actually that's the Les Stewart Quartet. George Harrison was in that band at the same time as the Quarry Men.

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University