Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer recently spoke with team president Alec Scheiner. The idea of an NHL game being hosted in FirstEnergy Stadium has been floated around in the past. Three years ago, Progressive Field hosted an outdoor college hockey game between Ohio State and Michigan. It doesn't sound like the Browns have had much luck with their proposal to the NHL, though:
Hearing FirstEnergy Stadium officials have been speaking to #NHL officials for last 18 months about hosting an NHL outdoor game . . .— Tom Reed (@treed1919) January 29, 2015
. bid for an NHL game isn't gaining traction I'm told, but I love Cleveland's aggressive approach. Not having a team hurts chance obviously— Tom Reed (@treed1919) January 29, 2015
Although the Browns' new regime of Scheiner and company have done some great things, one of the difficulties they've seemed to have is finding other ways to utilize the stadium for paid events besides 8 regular season games and 2 preseason games a year. Their big score outside of the Browns was getting the USMNT to play a friendly prior to last year's World Cup.