Columbus is a Browns Town, too.
At 10 a.m. this morning, the Cleveland Browns opened registration for the Orange & Browns Scrimmage at Ohio Stadium on Friday, August 7. By 4:30 p.m., the club hit its pre-determined limit of 60,000 free tickets.
The Horseshoe seats over 104,000, but the Browns kept the number at 60,000 to "ensure an optimal fan experience," according to a statement the team released late this afternoon.
Comparing the demand for tickets to last year, just 20,673 turned out for Family Day at the University of Akron in August 2014.
The Browns allowed season ticketholders to reserve tickets from June 16-19 before opening up seats to the public for the intrasquad scrimmage. Following the public's overwhelming response, any doubts that Columbus will support the Browns have been erased.
As Cleveland.com's Tom Reed reported earlier this evening, president Alec Scheiner said in a statement:
"We have received incredibly positive feedback from our fans since announcing the Orange & Brown Scrimmage in Columbus, and the great response we received today further shows that this will be a special event for our team and the Dawg Pound. We are grateful for the support from our fans, Ohio State and the entire Columbus community, and we look forward to providing a memorable experience at The Horseshoe for all of our fans throughout Ohio, as well as during our open training camp practices in Berea."
Open training camp practices might not be exclusive to Berea for long. As Reed wrote, the Browns are "likely to move a portion of training camp away from their Berea facility next year and Columbus is considered the favorite to host it."