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Browns Stadium to Get $5M Change

January 13, 1999

CLEVELAND (AP) _ The new Cleveland Browns Stadium, already 70 percent complete, will get $5 million in modifications to limit the exposure of fans to the fabled cold wind off Lake Erie in winter.

Mayor Michael R. White announced the alterations on Wednesday and said they will raise the cost of the stadium to $282.5 million. The stadium will become the home of the expansion Browns next fall.

The modifications call for installing 35,000 square feet of metal panels and steel support, including the closing of a small opening at the northwest corner between the end zone and sideline seats and adding screening along portions of the upper concourse.

With the changes, all areas of the stadium will meet guidelines that specify that 55 mph winds can affect a fan’s balance, White said.

The wind research consultant RWDI studied wind patterns alongside Lake Erie and did wind-tunnel tests to mimic stadium conditions.

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