The Browns performed their last recreation at Cleveland Municipal Stadium on Dec. 17, 1995.
CLEVELAND — Editor’s observe: the video from the participant above is from Jan. 15, 2020.
On Monday, the Cleveland Browns hosted the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium in what turned out to be a Monday Evening Soccer basic.
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And whereas the 2 groups have been division rivals since 1999, their shared historical past dates again years earlier than then.
The truth is, it was 25 years in the past on Thursday that the Browns performed what marked their last recreation at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. A couple of month previous to Cleveland’s 26-10 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 17, 1995, Browns proprietor Artwork Modell introduced that he can be shifting the staff to Baltimore with the franchise in the end changing into the “Ravens” a yr later.
With Cleveland using a six-game dropping streak and eradicated from postseason competition, 55,875 followers packed Cleveland Municipal Stadium not realizing whether or not the town would ever host knowledgeable soccer recreation once more. What adopted was an emotional ambiance with gamers celebrating the victory with the Dawg Pound and followers ripping out the seats of the stadium that might be demolished a yr later.
The remaining, as they are saying, is historical past.
The Ravens would go on to develop into probably the most profitable franchises within the NFL, profitable Tremendous Bowls in the course of the 2000 and 2012 seasons. Upon returning to the league as an enlargement franchise in 1999, the Browns have been one of many league’s worst groups, having amassed simply three profitable seasons — together with this yr, with Cleveland’s file sitting at 9-Four heading into Sunday’s matchup in opposition to the New York Giants.