Due to renovations at FirstEnergy Stadium, the Cleveland Browns have been forced to relocate their annual Family Day scrimmage to The University of Akron's InfoCision Stadium on Saturday Aug. 2.
The relocation of Family Day could lead to more movement, as the team has started exploring different locations to host training camp, beginning as soon as next season.
"We're really fortunate because it's totally within our control," Browns president Alec Scheiner said Wednesday in a conference call with the Cleveland media. "Other NFL teams end up in long-term agreements, and at some point, they end and they have to make a decision.
"We'll explore every possibility in the next month or two. We're really in the process already, including staying in Berea. Depending on what type of feedback we get and what we learn, we could go as soon as next year or stay here for however long we want."
Whether or not the Browns stay in Berea, one thing is for sure. Their fall/winter home will look much different for the preseason home opener against the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, Aug. 23, than it did during a 38-31 loss to the Chicago Bears last December.
Since that loss to the Bears, construction crews have been hard at work making renovations and updating the home of the Browns. Day after day, hour after hour, crews have removed seats and utilized cranes to install new scoreboards and escalators on either side of the stadium in an effort to enhance the fan experience and upgrade a stadium built for the Browns' return to the NFL in 1999.
"We're still on track," Scheiner said of the renovations. "I go out there two or three times a week right now to meet with the contractors. They're doing a great job. They're working really hard. There's a lot to do, but we're totally on track, and I'm very confident that it will be ready for our first preseason game. I think it's going to be really neat.
"The one takeaway I have the more times I go to the stadium is in one offseason, we've transformed the look and feel of this stadium. It was a pretty normal looking bowl before. It no longer looks like that when you're in the stadium.
"By virtue of filling in some of the lower bowl corner gaps and adding these video boards where the upper end-zone seats used to be, it looks like a much more unique stadium, and I think that'll translate. I think that's the part we didn't anticipate as much, that we're just transforming the stadium and it's not going to look like any other stadium in the NFL anymore."