An hour after the first round of the NFL Draft ended Thursday night, the Browns sold more than 1,000 season tickets, including renewals and new memberships, according to Rob McBurnett, team communications coordinator.
By Friday evening, the total had surpassed 2,300.
Quarterback Johnny Manziel’s presence suggests a merchandise boom, but McBurnett added that Browns backers had already been showing their support.
“Entering the draft, we already set record ticket sales for next season, and it’s back-to-back years that we set records for season-ticket sales,” McBurnett said.
Also, when the FirstEnergy Stadium’s Team Shop opened at 11 a.m. Friday, there was a line of fans waiting, ready to purchase the latest draft merchandise, including customized jerseys.
McBurnett said there was a steady stream of people throughout the day.
“The fan reaction has been very positive and that’s not just sales. Everything we’ve done in this offseason with the help of Ray Farmer, coach [Mike] Pettine and the support of Jimmy Haslam, there’s plenty for fans to be excited about for the 2014 season.
“It’s an exciting time here, and more importantly, it’s an exciting time for Browns fans,” McBurnett said.
— Malcolm X Abram