The 2014 NFL season is just a little over two months away and teams have already been preparing with OTA’s before the always grueling training camp begins in July. The Cleveland Browns have had an interesting off season, which is much needed considering the franchise has seen limited success compiling a 77-163 record since 1991, with a dismal two winning seasons and only one playoff berth during that span.
Still, Browns tickets this year are pacing to be much more expensive on the secondary market at FirstEnergy Stadium (formerly Cleveland Browns Stadium) with a home average of $147.53. That is a 76.8% increase compared to the Browns 2013 home average of $83.14 wherein the Browns most expensive home game was their October 13th matchup with the Detroit Lions which saw the secondary market average ticket prices of $148.75; an almost identical figure to their current 2014 home average ticket prices.
One of the few reasons for this significant increase in ticket prices is due to the franchise drafting the very popular quarterback Johnny Manziel as the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. In the 12 hours after Manziel was drafted by Cleveland the franchise sold 1,500 new season ticket packages alone as a result of his popularity. The Browns were very fortunate to get the former Texas A&M Aggies star considering the hype surrounding “Johnny Football” and the projections that he could be the first overall pick. But multiple teams passed on Manziel and Cleveland were able to snatch him as part of their very good draft which hopefully has the potential to change the direction of the dismal franchise.
The Cleveland Browns first home game of the 2014 season is on September 14th when they will welcome the New Orleans Saints. Browns tickets for their home opener currently have an average price of $163.57, which is 10.8% over their home average but still not the Browns most expensive game this season. The most expensive Browns game is on October 12 when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers with an average price of $166.25 in the secondary market.
On November 16th, the Browns have a most interesting matchup with the Houston Texans, Manziel’s hometown team who were also the first one to pass on him in the draft. It’s very possible that “Johnny Football” could be starting this game as Manziel has expressed to the media that he fully expects to win the Browns starting QB job. It’s going to be an interesting year for the Cleveland Browns win or lose.