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CLEVELAND -- The Browns open their season this Sunday at home against the Miami Dolphins. While everyone is waiting to see what happens on the field, the Browns have big plans off the field for fans too.
Browns Team President Alec Scheiner has unveiled a plan to enhance the game-day experience for fans.
The Browns have installed 20 new turnstiles to help with the long lines entering FirstEnergy Stadium. Also, there are 44 additional security screening chutes to help with the flow of fans. The Browns think these improvements will allow 4,000 more fans to enter the stadium every 15 minutes.
The NFL is implementing a clear bag policy for all stadiums. Fans are allowed to carry in a transparent one-gallon bag. Clutch purses are also allowed.
A big complaint from Cleveland fans on game day has been spotty cell phone service. Scheiner says the team has installed a new tower from Verizon and has upgraded an AT&T tower. Fans should notice an immediate change when using their cell phones.
The Browns will have a disc jockey on the field before all home games in order to provide a better pregame atmosphere. Fans will also notice a drumline before games and in the parking lots during tailgating. Player introductions will be different with pyrotechnics. The scoreboard presentation will also have enhancements.
If you attend Sunday's game, you should also notice a friendlier gameday staff. A company called CSC re-trained the staff at the stadium.
For halftime this Sunday, the band "Presidents of the United States of America" will perform. The Seattle band will perform Ian Hunter's "Cleveland Rocks" song. Their cover version was used a the opening theme for the "Drew Carey Show."