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NFL approves funding for FirstEnergy Stadium enhancements, Browns could be picked to play in London

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 8, 2013

The Browns have been working on renovation plans for FirstEnergy Stadium, and the NFL approved $62.5 million in funding for such improvements at the owners meetings today in Washington.

The enhancements are expected to cost a total of about $120 million. In July, Browns CEO Joe Banner said the renovation project would likely unfold in two phases during the next two offseasons.

In November, Banner indicated the installation of new scoreboards and sound systems are on the agenda.

“Clearly in the area of technology as it relates to scoreboards and sound systems, things have advanced so far from when these systems came from,” Banner said. “I don’t want to prejudge anything, but it’s inconceivable we won’t be making some very dramatic changes there.”

FirstEnergy Stadium, formerly known as Cleveland Browns Stadium, opened in 1999 and seats more than 73,200.

Also at the owners meeting, the NFL announced it will have three regular-season games at London's Wembley Stadium next year, hosted by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders. Dates and opponents for the games will be announced when the schedule is compiled next year.

The Browns are set to have “road” games against the Jaguars and Falcons next season, so there is a possibility they will play in London in 2014.

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