On Tuesday, besides announcing the Cleveland Browns’ training camp schedule in Berea and their Orange & Brown Scrimmage at the stadium, they also made an important note about fan seating in Berea: it’s expanding! It’s about time, too. I have been calling for a re-configuration of seating for years, including this little blurb that I wrote back in 2014.
According to the Browns, here are the changes to the fan experience in Berea for the 2017 season:
- There is an “upgraded training camp layout,” which includes a change in the field layout to incorporate additional seating and “offer more fans a quality view and experience during camp.”
- There are twice as many seats as previous years.
- The biggest highlight of the new seating is a 1,250 seat grandstand with an awning to provide shade. There is also a “standing-room area at the top.”
Part of me wonders if the Browns are simply taking the VIP grandstand that was introduced a few years ago and opening it to the public. If that’s the case, I have no problem with that — in fact, when I first saw the VIP grandstand a few years ago, I got real excited because my first thought was that it was for fans.
The following statement comes from Senior Vice President of Marketing and Media Dave Freeman:
“We have spent a significant amount of time discussing how we can really elevate the training camp experience for our fans, especially as it is a unique time for our team, coaches, players and fans to directly interact with one another each day. To create the best atmosphere for everyone, including our football team, we made significant changes to our seating and viewing areas, as well as adjusted the registration process, so fans can plan accordingly yet still have the opportunity to freely attend and have a great view of our practices.”
Regarding the ticketing process, fans will be allowed to enter without registering if space permits. I believe that is also a change from past years. Given the new capacity, I would venture to guess that there will be plenty of space for walk-ups.