The Cleveland Browns on Thursday announced the team will host the “Orange & Brown Scrimmage” at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Friday, Aug. 7. The late afternoon intrasquad scrimmage at The Horseshoe will be free to fans and will feature a competitive format, updating the recent open practice structure of the franchise’s annual Family Day/Family Night.
“The intrasquad scrimmage is an important element of our preparation for the 2015 season,” said Head Coach Mike Pettine. “Ohio Stadium will provide a great atmosphere for our team to compete, and I’m confident our players and fans will enjoy the experience.”
It is the second time in as many years that the team’s highest-attended training camp event has extended outside of Cleveland, allowing fans from across the state to experience live Browns competition. Last year’s showcase attracted 20,673 fans to InfoCision Stadium in Akron, marking back-to-back years the event’s attendance surpassed 20,000.
“We are thrilled to bring the Browns to our State Capital and to our passionate football fans across the state,” said President Alec Scheiner. “The Dawg Pound extends across the state and nation, and we know they have a strong presence in the Greater Columbus area. We hope fans from throughout Ohio will be able to experience this event at The Horseshoe to complement our open practices in Berea. We are very grateful for the hospitality extended to us by Columbus, The Ohio State University, the Greater Columbus Sports Commission and the Columbus Partnership to make this event a success.”
The day’s activities begin three hours prior to the scrimmage at St. John Arena, where the Browns will also bring Dawg Pound Drive to Columbus. Dawg Pound Drive on Alfred Lerner Way, a 900-foot engaging space near FirstEnergy Stadium’s south gates, launched in 2014 and offers fans an interactive pregame space for Browns alumni autographs, a meet and greet with Swagger, a live music stage, food and beverage specials and other entertaining elements.
“What a tremendous opportunity for Columbus and all professional football fans in Central Ohio,” said Ohio State University Associate Vice President for Business Advancement Xen Riggs. “Columbus continues to grow as a major sports town at all levels, and it is exciting to host an organization as storied in rich tradition and professionalism as the Browns.”
“Our sports community is proud to support the Cleveland Browns having a presence in Columbus,” said Greater Columbus Sports Commission Executive Director Linda Logan. “The Orange & Brown Scrimmage will energize their team’s fans throughout the Columbus Region and provide multiple generations of families the opportunity to experience the NFL up close in Ohio Stadium, one of football’s most iconic stadiums.”
Browns 2015 season-ticket members will have the first opportunity to register for free general admission tickets to the Orange & Brown Scrimmage during a special pre-sale from June 16-19, while all fans can acquire tickets starting June 20.
The 2015 Cleveland Browns Orange & Brown Scrimmage is in association with University Hospitals.
The Browns’ full 2015 training camp schedule in Berea will be released at a later date. All practices at the Browns facility are free to fans.
Not including Family Day, the Browns’ 13 open training camp practices in 2014 set the third-highest combined attendance since 2005 with a total of 43,740 fans who represented 40 states, plus Washington, D.C. Attendance for 12 of those sessions eclipsed 3,000, while only 11 practices surpassed that mark from 2005-2013.
Fans may call Browns guest services (440-891-5050) for more information.