New Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam recently floated the idea of adding a retractable roof to Browns Stadium during a meeting with the Cleveland City Council. The idea has attracted plenty of attention, but one of the three architectural firms Haslam asked to evaluate the situation has reported back that such a project would be "nightmare" to attempt, according to Will Burge of ESPN Cleveland.
Haslam is a billionaire with a vision, so it wouldn't be wise to call the recent update anything more than a roadblock, but there are apparently plenty of issues with adding a retractable roof. Browns Stadium is built on landfill and may not be able to support the required amount of additional weight, and the issue of adding support beams or modifying the existing support beams presents additional complications to the process.
It will be interesting to see how plans progress as the two other architectural firms report back to Haslam, because it seems the project may call for a very creative solution.
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