With the Cleveland Browns taking a break from training camp today, let’s reflect on some of the renovations in Berea that the team highlighted at the start of camp.
Note that in addition to the video below (featuring TE Gary Barnidge and CB Joe Haden), I highly recommend you check out 92.3 the Fan’s photo gallery here. (Note: your ad blocker needs to be disabled to view the gallery without it glitching on you).
View from the Outside
Everything you see in grey is the 25,000+ square foot expansion of the inside facilities that took place this offseason. That doesn’t include the 60,000+ square feet of existing space that was also renovated.
A new patio area has also been added, and as you see in the second photo, there is a new tent set up this year against the building, which I’d guess is either for VIPs or for family members.
5,000 Square Foot Natatorium
If you look at the first photo in the section above, you can see where the pool areas are: right behind the field goal post. What you see below is a two-lane, 25-yard lap pool. In the second picture are three other pools: two plunge pools and one therapy pool that includes an underwater treadmill.
“I haven't really seen this at other facilities, having an Olympic-like pool in their training room, so it's kind of dope,” said Haden.
New hot tubs and cold tubs for players. pic.twitter.com/VcFRYzGOyN— Jason Gibbs (@BGSUGibbs) July 28, 2016
The new training room here in Berea. pic.twitter.com/JKqWkt9DEm— Jason Gibbs (@BGSUGibbs) July 28, 2016
Locker Room Area
The locker room was expanded and completely re-done, now including an additional 20 lockers. Coaching and player personnel rooms were also expanded and relocated so that all of the coaching staff could be in the same relative area of Berea.
Workout & Training Area
All of the working equipment the Browns could need is at their disposal. Head trainer Joe Sheehan boasted about the changes:
Instead of eight tables on which players were treated, there are now 11. There is an X-ray room and a phlebotomy room. Computer hook-ups to information from team physicians at University Hospitals give Sheehan and his staff instant information for treatment of injured players. “I’d like to think we’re on the cutting edge of being able to take care of our players,” Sheehan said
Players Only Lounge
This will be what the players enjoy the most: their very own players-only lounge. When we toured Berea in 2014, I could see staffers and players mixing in to some common areas. While I’m sure that will still be the case at times, when the players want to be left on their own — away from coaches and front office personnel — they can kick back and relax here.
Included in the room are:
- Ping pong table
- Pool table
- Barber chair
- Big screen TVs
- Video game systems
- Personal computers
- Drinks and snacks
- Lounge chairs
"They did a little bit of everything to make sure this is the spot where we can come chill, hang out, and get away,” said Haden on the lounge. “Nobody else but the players are in here, so it's a good thing for us to have.”
The new players entrance (near the parking lot) has new art, featuring Lou Groza: