CLEVELAND — From training camp to the preseason games, this weekend the anticipation will be over as the Cleveland Browns face the Tennessee Titans in their home opener on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. All weekend long, the Browns will celebrate with fans to commemorate the National Football League’s 100th season with a family-friendly tailgate party and a historic reveal of a statue honoring Pro Football Hall of Famer and Cleveland Browns legend Otto Graham.
It’s a weekend packed full of events, so here’s everything you need to know:
The family-friendly tailgate party will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 1-4 p.m. at Dawg Pound Drive at FirstEnergy Stadium in front of the Pro Shop. All ages are welcome and there is no ticket required.
If you need to park, paid parking is available at surrounding lots near the stadium. Take cash, as many only accept cash as a form of payment.
Outside the stadium, on Saturday there will also live music, food, trucks, inflatable and the chance to meet Swagger and Chomps.
Otto Graham Statue
The Browns legend will join Jim Brown as the only other Browns player to have a statue erected in his honor. The unveiling of the statue will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 7, followed by a presentation from the Browns commemorating his career.
Bring your marker for some special signatures from Browns alumni. Former players scheduled to appear include Earnest Byner, John Wooten, Thom Darden, Don Cockroft, Hanford Dixon, Eric Metcalf, Greg Pruitt and Kevin Mack.
Fans will need a wristband, which will be available beginning at 1 p.m. outside of the Pro Shop at the Wristband Redemption Tent on Dawg Pound Drive. A wristband will guarantee you an autograph from the alumni assigned to the respective session.
The alumni players will be pre-assigned to one of two sessions, starting at 2:30 p.m. There will only be 250 wristbands distributed per session.
Browns gear on sale
Outdated items will be on sale during the Locker Room Sale. The proceeds from this sale benefit the Cleveland Browns Foundation. The sale is cash only. There are no refunds or exchanges.
- Footballs: $5-$25
- Helmets and mini helmets: $15-$80
- Signage: $5
- Jerseys: $25-$80
- Photos: $2
- Parking lots immediately located around the stadium are pass-only lots, outside of ADA needs as space permits. There is no cash parking available at any of these locations, including North Coast Harbor Lot and the Dock 32. Fans can download the Browns Mobile App and access WAZE for a list of cash paring lots in downtown Cleveland. By parking at lots north of Superior Avenue and south of North Marginal Road, individual traffic time will be more manageable. Through ParkMobile, fans can reserve spots.