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To Dome or Not to Dome?

Should Jimmy Haslem put a retractable roof on Cleveland Brown's Stadium?

This topic was a hot one today on the radio as Browns fans continue to circulate rumors (and wish lists) around what impending owner Jimmy Haslem should (or should not) do once he comes into power.

My own opinion about a domed stadium has changed since 1999. Back then, I felt strongly that it should be an open air venue, similar to what the old stadium felt like. After all, bad weather is a great equalizer and considering the franchise had just hit the reset button… we needed all the help we could get.

However, now that I’m a bit older I see the other side of the coin. Think about the events that Cleveland could attract AND what that would do to help revitalize a lakefront that has less attractions than a zoo on Mars. Seriously though, think… Super Bowl, NCCA Final Four, Big Ten Championchips, etc. Besides, do you really like those bone chilling games in December or do you prefer to stay at home during those weeks?

What's your take?

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Brandon Tidd September 20, 2012 at 03:10 PM
To me... it's not football in Cleveland unless it's below freezing. We always seem to have an edge over the warmer climate teams when they play us on cold days.
Justin Waite September 20, 2012 at 03:19 PM
What about the Red Right 88 game? A team from Sunny California comes into Cleveland Stadium in sub zero temperatures and executes almost perfectly the entire game.
The original Bill September 20, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Haslam has gone on record that if a dome were put on it would be open during Browns games. I am all for this idea. It would be a big boost to the City of Cleveland to have a domed stadium. As far as paying for it I think they should just extend the sin tax. I don't smoke or drink so it wouldn't even affect me. BTW thanks to all you smokers and drinkers for paying for the 3 new stadiums we have here.
Dan Georges September 20, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Put the money into a winning team, and then we'll talk "Dome."
Myron Thomas September 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Radiohead? The fifth highest grossing tour last year is going to fill the stadium twice? Only if it's the only two shows in the continental US. Are they good? I guess....But they are no U2 or anything like that. And the Stones aren't getting any younger. They only beat Van Halen by 300K....Van Halen!! We could go on about who could fill what... Could it happen. Sure. 5 to 6 times a year. What are ya gonna do with the other 340 or so open dates? Music festivals are great. In Europe... Isle of Whyte, Donnington, Wacken, I could go on. Ironically all held outside. Coachella, outside I believe, is not going to be moving to Cleveland. Numerous so called festivals that go on in the US play at places like Blossom. Why? Because Ozzfest is not going to pull 60K+ in Cleveland. The domes that the final four play in ARE football stadiums. They are played, it's over. And if you could peruse the link they are looking at the east and west coasts because the domes are not near where they want to "be." You think they'll make an exception for Cleveland? Look I just don't dig the "build it and they will come," type of thinking. That's what we were told when they rebuilt the High school stadium and I have still not seen the numerous band festivals, soccer tournaments, and so forth that were promised. I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

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