Cleveland Approves Finances For Stadium Upgrades

via Leila Atassi, Cleveland Plain Dealer

After a heated, four-hour debate, City Council approved a plan Monday to contribute $2 million for each of the next 15 years to the Cleveland Browns’ list of upgrades to city-owned FirstEnergy Stadium.

The ordinance needed at least 12 votes to pass as an emergency measure, and it scraped by with 13 – an unusual occurrence for a council typically known for its compliance with the wishes of Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration. Council members Dona Brady, Jeffrey Johnson, Kevin Conwell, Michael Polensek and Brian Cummins voted no. Councilman Zack Reed was absent.