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Cleveland Browns: No merit to report that team would play home games in Columbus during stadium renovation

It is believed that the Browns owners would never consider taking the team out of Cleveland and making fans travel for home games.

CLEVELAND — A report came out on Monday involving the Cleveland Browns and the future of their stadium. Specifically, NEOtrans blog's Ken Prendergast reported that the Browns, as well as city officials including Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb and Cuyahoga County Executive Chris Ronayne, are set to announce major plans for the team's facilities, including the recently renamed Cleveland Browns Stadium, and the surrounding downtown area. Those plans include a "rebuilding" of the stadium at its current location, as opposed to the building of a new stadium at a new site.

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The report also states that the rebuilding of Cleveland Browns Stadium could begin as early as 2026 and would require the team to play elsewhere for multiple seasons. The obvious choice being Columbus. 

3News has determined that there is no merit to that report of the Browns playing any home games outside of Cleveland. We have checked out all sources, including in Columbus, with Ohio State University, and with the Browns. It is believed that the Browns under the Haslam Ownership Group would never consider taking the football team out of Cleveland and forcing the fan base to travel to watch them play home games for any amount of time, let alone for multiple years. 

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