The Browns will keep their practice facility and headquarters in Berea through 2039, according to Cleveland.com.
This report is according to Monday evening’s proposed lease agreement that is still in discussion between the city of Berea and the Cleveland Browns. Throughout the last few years, rumors circulated that the Browns headquarters could be on the move to Columbus or a different location.
“We greatly appreciate our partnership with the City of Berea and are really excited about it remaining our home,” Browns spokesman Peter John-Baptiste said in the report.
The news is a huge victory for the city, as the Browns are Berea’s largest income taxpayer. In recent years, the team has paid well over $3 million of the city’s annual income tax.
The city of Berea actually owns the headquarter offices, practice field and the training facility, and leases it back to the Browns. The Browns have occupied the space since around 1990.
The approval of the facility to stay in Berea won’t be voted on until mid-July at the earliest. The team and the city have reached a verbal agreement, but the attorneys still need to make sure they can get everything in writing, according to the report.
The Browns will take the field, which will be staying put in Berea, for training camp in late July.