Group backs off $5M request for Browns' facility in Columbus

Group backs off $5M request for Browns' facility in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Columbus development group plans to stop pushing a request for the state to help pay $5 million to build a practice facility for the Cleveland Browns at Ohio State University so the team can move its summer training camp.

The idea has drawn backlash in Cleveland.

In a column for The Columbus Dispatch, the Columbus Partnership's leader says planners envisioned a multiuse facility under a request meant to be collaborative, not pitting Columbus against another Ohio community. Group president and CEO Alex Fischer says the funding request was misunderstood and will be removed from its list of priorities given to legislative leaders.

The Browns have said they'll conduct the 2016 training camp at their Berea facility but confirmed plans to eventually have camp at a new facility in Columbus.

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