FirstEnergy Stadium on the shores of Lake Erie has often been referred to as a "factory," albeit in a very negative way. Now, however, the direction of that factory appears to be changing.
Following the acquisition of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants, hope springs eternal among Browns fans. How, you may ask? Well first consider that the oddsmaking site Sportsbook now has the Browns as the fifth favorite to win the Super Bowl.
Not only has OBJ tweeted out what his would-be jersey looks like, moments after the contract became official the product started getting stamped out and sold inside the stadium's Pro Shop. Local t-shirt makers have also already sketched out what they plan to peddle to the fan base.
So popular is this move, even the outfit of sweatshirt and white hat often worn by the architect of the plan, general manager John Dorsey, is selling like hotcakes through the team.
If you called to get tickets today, you'd best leave some time: 40 minute waits only to learn season tickets are sold out and there's a 1,600-person waiting list. Single-game tickets are slated to go on sale this summer.
Then there's the matter of when the browns will play. A team with this kind of star-power likely to not be relegated to a season of 1 p.m. Sunday games. Some fans with big dreams hopes NBC uses its flex schedule to put the Browns in prime time throughout the last third of the season. The team has not played on either Sunday or Monday night since 2015.