The Cleveland Browns are ready to install two additional synthetic-turf football fields that the team is donating to the District, completing their commitment to provide five new fields for CMSD.
The team would put in the fields at John Adams High School and John Marshall Campus, according to a proposal that the Board of Education will vote on April 25. Work would be finished prior to high school football season.
Last year, the Browns installed high-quality synthetic-turf fields at James Ford Rhodes High School, John F. Kennedy’s Roye Kidd Stadium and Bump Taylor Stadium, which has served as a home site for Glenville High School. All Senate League football teams share the fields, as do school soccer, youth football teams and other community groups.
Dee and Jimmy Haslam have made the donation as part of their efforts to make an impact in the community through education, as well as youth football. They said they were inspired by CMSD Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon’s belief that participation in extracurricular activities motivates students to study harder and graduate.
Under the latest plans, the Browns would also pay to level ground at John Adams and demolish a grandstand at John Marshall.
Demolition of the grandstand would be necessary to fit the field on the site, said Gary Sautter, CMSD’s deputy chief of capital programs. He added that the grandstand is deteriorating and needs improvements to create access for the disabled.
John Adams currently has no football field.
CMSD would install bleachers at the two fields, at a combined cost not to exceed $750,000. Gordon said money could be raised in the community to eventually build stadiums.