(Berea) - For the 14th time in the past 15 seasons, the Browns will open the regular season at FirstEnergy Stadium when they host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, September 8 at 1:00 p.m. This will mark the first time that the Browns open the regular season against the Dolphins and the team’s first home opener against Miami since 1992.
“Our coaches and players are eagerly anticipating that opening kickoff against Miami as we continue to build our team this off-season,” said Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski. “Having four of our first six games at FirstEnergy Stadium will allow our fans to create a distinct home-field advantage for our team, and I expect the Dawg Pound to be barking early and often. Finishing the season with four divisional games over the final eight weeks, with three of our last four games on the road, will give us an exciting challenge that I know we will be ready to face.”
“Opening the regular season at home against the Dolphins will be great for our fans and our football team,” said Browns CEO Joe Banner. “It also should be exciting for our fans to have a home prime time game, where their passion can be seen by a national television audience. We look forward to giving Browns fans a tremendous gameday experience every time they enter FirstEnergy Stadium in 2013 and for many years to come.”
The 2013 schedule features one prime time game as the Browns face the Buffalo Bills at FirstEnergy Stadium on Thursday, October 3. The matchup will mark the first time the Browns have hosted a prime time game since a 13-6 victory against Pittsburgh on Thursday, December 10, 2009. The Browns are 1-1 all-time against Buffalo in prime time action with this year marking their first meeting on a Thursday night.
For the fifth time in six seasons, the Browns will face the defending Super Bowl Champions as they square off with the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2 and Week 9 action. Cleveland has topped the Super Bowl champion from the previous season three times during the last four years.
The Browns host three consecutive home games during Weeks 4-6 (Cincinnati on September 29, Buffalo on October 3 and Detroit on October 13), marking the team’s first three-game home stand since 2006.
The club’s bye week is scheduled for the week of November 10, which marks the second year in the row that the team’s bye comes during Week 10.
Also for the second consecutive year, Cleveland will close out the regular season with two road games as they face the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium (Sunday, December 22) and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field (Sunday, December 29). It marks the fourth straight year and fifth time in the last six seasons that the Browns close the regular season against Pittsburgh, and the second straight year at Heinz Field.
The combined record of the Browns’ 13 opponents this year was 98-110 in 2012. The eight teams that will visit FirstEnergy Stadium posted a record of 57-71, and their eight road opponents went a combined 69-59. The Browns will play a total of seven games against 2012 playoff teams (Bengals and Ravens twice each).
Also today, the Browns announced the dates and times of their 2013 preseason schedule, which consists of home games against St. Louis (Thursday, August 8) and Detroit (Thursday, August 15) and road contests against Indianapolis (Saturday, August 24) and Chicago (Thursday, August 29).
Cleveland Browns 2013 season tickets are now available. Fans can purchase season tickets by calling (440) 824-3434, toll free at (888) 891-1999 or online at www.ClevelandBrowns.com. The Cleveland Browns ticket office is located on the south side of FirstEnergy Stadium, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.