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Jimmy Haslam - City Council

CLEVELAND – New Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam came to Cleveland City Hall Wednesday to meet with a caucus of city council.

The sin tax that pays for Cleveland Browns Stadium, and for repairs to the stadium, expires in 2015.

Council spokesperson Jim Kopniske said lakefront development is expected to be one of several topics during the meeting. But the meeting also gives city leaders a chance to meet the new team owner.

Cleveland Browns Stadium hosts eight home games a year, including some concerts and other events, but some people have asked if the stadium could be used for more events and activities.

Of course, not being a domed stadium puts restrictions on certain events that could be held there. But during the meeting Wednesday, Haslam brought up that he wants to bring in three architect firms to look at the potential of adding a retractable roof on Browns Stadium. He said it’s not an urgent matter, but wants to explore the option.

About six years ago, Cleveland City Councilman Mike Polensek spearheaded an effort to put a dome on Cleveland Browns stadium. But that proposal was knocked down by Mayor Frank Jackson. Many believe putting a dome on the stadium would make Cleveland eligible to host a SuperBowl.

NewsChannel5 will be at the meeting and will provide you updates on key topics as they become available. SOURCE

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