COLUMBUS, Ohio — Thursday morning, Browns fans will flock to Berea for another year of training camp.
It may be the last time it happens for a while.
Browns management has been in negotiations with a group in Columbus to bring Browns training camp to central Ohio. While no firm agreement is in place and no location has been selected, the Browns appear determined to move their camp to Columbus and grow their fan footprint in the state’s largest city. But the Browns say the move could boost their football performance, as well.
“It’s just tough to be on your same fields and in the same meeting rooms and you say ‘OK it’s training camp… and now it’s not.” head coach Mike Pettine told reporters Wednesday. “Physically being away helps the players signal a change in atmosphere. It really does force you to have shared misery… you’re building a team.” he said.
Pettine added that in his previous coaching stops in Baltimore, New York and Buffalo those teams benefitted from training camps held in locations away from the team home base.
Some potential locations for a Columbus-based training camp include Ohio Dominican, Ohio State or at Ohio Wesleyan in Delaware. The Browns have conducted training camp in Berea since 1992.