CLEVELAND — The Browns still will play their home games outdoors and on grass, but significant changes will be made to FirstEnergy Stadium over the next two years if the organization’s wishes are granted.
The Browns unveiled plans yesterday for a two-year, $120 million renovation project designed to modernize the city-owned stadium. Construction would start in January, pending city approval.
Kubiak to coach on Sunday
Gary Kubiak will coach the Houston Texans on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders after missing a game while recovering from a mini-stroke.
Kubiak, who returned to work on Monday, collapsed on the field at halftime during a game on Nov. 2.
“It just feels great to be back,” he said. “You have a true appreciation for the opportunity that you have.”
Game attendance slips
The NFL is again posting stellar TV ratings but having trouble filling seats in some markets.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals and Oakland have all seen attendance dips this season. They have been joined by teams such as the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets.
Pittsburgh (3-6) is off to its worst start since 2006 and drew just over 60,000 fans to Heinz Field for Sunday’s 23-10 victory over Buffalo. That’s about 5,000 short of capacity and one of the smallest non-December home crowds in the past decade.
Information from the Associated Press was included in this story.