CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Browns have announced they will keep their training camp at their Berea facility for the 2016 season.
Statement from Cleveland Browns Spokesperson on possibility of future training camp in Columbus:
"When we first explored the potential opportunity to hold training camp out of town, we conveyed that we would make the decision based on what is best for our football operations and their preparation for the season. Our football group believes it would be a positive, as it is for nearly a dozen teams in the NFL. In relocating training camp, we would incur all the costs associated with moving and holding our operations at a remote site. Clearly, we need a facility from which to operate and are in discussions with potential partners. Columbus approached us regarding creating a site that would serve area youth for recreational purposes the 11-plus months a year that we are not using the space, but those are discussions and plans that Columbus leaders are working through, which we will review as a serious option. Columbus is a good location for us for multiple reasons, including to give more convenient opportunities to our fans across Ohio to experience their team in person. We will continue to thoroughly evaluate all options while remaining committed to hosting open practices for fans at our year-round facility in Berea. The 2016 Browns training camp will be held in Berea."
The Associated Press is reporting a Columbus development group and the Browns have asked the state to help pay $5 million to build a practice facility at Ohio State University. The request for the money was made in the biennial state capital improvements bill that will be proposed in the next few months.
The team says it's in discussion with Columbus leaders about the new facility. Officials say a site hasn't been chosen.
Berea has been the site of training camp since 1992.