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FirstEnergy Stadium
Cleveland, OH
Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns
FirstEnergy Stadium
December 16, 2007
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Built: 1999
Capacity: 73,200 seats
Playing Surface: Natural Grass
Draft Beer: $6.75
Hot Dog: $4.00
Lg. Soda: $4.75
Cleveland Browns Logo - Primary (1950-1969)FirstEnergy
Stadium Address

1085 West 3rd Street
Cleveland, OH 44114
(440) 891-5000
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Stadium Review -
The Blizzard Bowl of 2007
Cleveland Browns Stadium
Last week’s drubbing of the 0-13 Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium had Bills fans BILLieving that they might be on the verge of a playoff appearance in 2007.  This week the Buffalo Bills were set to take on the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium and I had scored some cheap Cleveland Browns tickets so I could be in attendance.  A win for the Bills kept their playoff hopes alive, a loss meant elimination from the playoff picture.  The weather reports all week called for snowy blizzard-like conditions with 43 mph winds throughout the entire game and the city of Cleveland delivered. It was an amazing atmosphere for football … like living in snow globe. 

I’d arranged for some cheap Cleveland Browns tickets through my fraternity brother Arnold who is a die-hard Cleveland Browns fan and the crew from Buffalo who joined me for my trip to Stadium #3, Ford Field, were in town as well. It was decided that the Bills vs. Cleveland matchup would be a nice backdrop for our now annual “Mann-cation” Buffalo Bills Trip.  Arnold had seats in the Dawg Pound for two of us, so I would be located amongst some of the rowdiest Cleveland Browns fans in the stadium … and I was dressed in Bills Colors. I relished the opportunity presented to me.  It was to be a game in December in inclement weather amongst less than agreeable fans, and the Buffalo Bills playoff lives were at stake. How much more drama can one ask for? Where would you rather be than right here, right now?

When we arrived at Cleveland Browns Stadium, visibility was low. You couldn’t even tell there was a field out there. Snow and ice began accumulating on my hat and shoulders immediately, but once I settled in, dressed in four sweaters and three pairs of socks, I was toasty warm. I had heard all types of horror stories about the occupants of the Dawg Pound and fully expected to be pelted with snowballs, dog biscuits, or full cans of beer.  But the rain of sealed liquid beverages and canine treats never came.  The Buffalo Bills themselves weren’t as lucky, as several players were beaned with snowballs by Cleveland Browns fans.  I myself was tempted to toss an orb of malcontent at the cause of my dismay, but the Buffalo Bills were definitely out of my limited range.  Instead, I decided to suffer in silence as the Bills took to complete ineptness in all phases of their game.  The Browns fans were surprisingly agreeable however. They treated me with respect and happily took my picture without launching my camera or harassing me for asking.  There was the typical verbal jabs that go with being a fan of the visiting team, but the locals struck me as a classy group that's every bit the fan base the Bills enjoy in Buffalo.  The highlight of my fan-watch experience was a 70-year old woman sporting an orange Mohawk as she screamed obscenities at the refs below - classic!

Well, the Buffalo Bills were dominated in every facet of the game. Their defense was tossed around by the Cleveland Browns running attack as Jamal Lewis pounded the Bills for 163 yards on 33 carries. I thought WE were the cold weather team, I thought WE had a dominant running attack, apparently I was delusional. The Bills proved less than capable in inclement weather, which is of great concern to me as this team matures. But I didn’t let the scoreboard ruin my experience at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Even though the Bills took an 8 – 0 loss on the chin, they were never truly out of it. I watched my team go down in flames as Cleveland was pounded by one of the more brutal storms of the year.  Standing there watching in Section 319, I couldn’t help but smile with those poor bastards slipping and sliding in the muck out there. It was an incredible day for a football game!

For more information on the city of Cleveland, Ohio check out my other reviews by clicking on the links below:
     NFL: September 29, 2013 - Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns
     NFL: November 14, 2010 - New York Jets vs. Cleveland Browns
     NBA: November 13, 2010 - Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
     NBA: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland Cavaliers - General Information

City of Cleveland Local Information  
Top Tourist Attractions:
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Great Lakes Science Center
Pro Football Hall of Fame (Canton, Ohio)

Local Foods:
Polish Kielbasa, Pierogies
Classic Reuben Sandwich
Fresh lake fish

What They're Drinkin':
Great Lakes Dortmunder, Smithwickes

Tailgating Hotspots:
There's great tailgating in all lots around FirstEnergy Stadium, but the die-hards gather in the Cleveland Municipal Parking Lot (Muni Lot)

Fan Resources:
Pocket Map of Cleveland
RTA Regional Transit Authority  Rail Map
Stadium Policy
Stadium Parking Map

Local Sports Media:
The Columbus Dispatch
Cleveland Plain Dealer
97.1 The Fan
Popular Bar Districts:
Warehouse District (The Velvet Dog, Spy, Fusion, The Blind Pig)
East 4th Street District (House of Blues, Flannery's Pub, Corner Alley)
Historic Gateway District (Great live entertainment - blues and vintage rock)
The Flats (are dead, everything has closed up in the Flats)

Best Restaurants:
East 4th Street (Harry Buffalo, Flannery's Pub, Lola Bistro, Saigon)
Historic Gateway District (Clevelander Bar & Grill, Local Heroes Bar & Grill)
Warehouse District (Blue Pointe Grille, Cleveland Chophouse, Brasa Grill
      Steakhouse, Mallorca, Metro Bar & Kitchen)
Mortens Steak House

Getting to the Stadium:
Take the local rail system called the RTA.  Take either the Blue of Green line to the West Third Street Station (W.3 - Browns Stadiums) which lets you off across the street from FristEnergy Stadium.  However, if you're staying in the downtown area, then FirstEnergy Stadium should be within walking distance.

Where To Stay:
Find a Hotel in the downtown area as it keeps you within walking distance of the stadium and the many attractions of the City of Cleveland.  I would suggest staying at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center or the Crowne Plaza Cleveland City Centre.  The Brighton Hotel Corp & The Keg & Quarter also both boast fabulous reviews.

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icket Prices: $5 /Person
Contact Info: Call 440-824-3361 or e-mail 
Hours:  Reservations are required for all tours at least one week in advance.  
Tours are available from 10:00am to 3:00pm Monday through Friday from the
months of April to November.
Areas Covered: Field, Press Box, Locker Rooms, Suite Level, and more.

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Myself and Arnold - ready for the game   Blizzard-like Conditions   Down in the 100 Level
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There's Actually a Field Back There   A Bit Frigid Up in Section 319   Halftime
Great shot at field level   Some of the fans went in at Halftime   That Field below ...
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Where's Waldo?   Hanging in the Dawg Pound   The Crew: Myself, Justin, Joe, Kenny, & Navine
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