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Browns reveal proposal to upgrade stadium

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CLEVELAND (AP) - The Browns have revealed a proposal to modernize and upgrade their city-owned downtown stadium.

The team estimates the two-year construction plan, which includes the installation of giant scoreboards - triple the size of current ones - and a reduction of 3,000 seats from FirstEnergy Stadium, will cost $120 million. Browns CEO Joe Banner said the team will present its proposal to the City Council on Thursday. Banner did not want to get into specifics about how the project will be funded, but promised the Browns will make a "significant investment."

Banner said the team considered putting a dome on the stadium, but found it would cost "nine figures." Also, the team is keeping natural grass rather than changing to a synthetic surface.

On the field, Banner has been excited about the progress the Browns (4-5) have made under first-year coach Rob Chudzinski.

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