CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – Two Ohio state officials are calling for the name FirstEnergy to be removed from the Cleveland football stadium.
In a letter sent Thursday, Jeffrey Crossman (OH-15) and Kent Smith (OH-8) called on the city of Cleveland and the Browns owners to strip FirstEnergy Stadium of its ties to the Akron-based utility company .
The call for a name change comes as FirstEnergy deals with the fallout from the House Bill 6 corruption scandal.
“Over the past year or so, we have all heard of FirstEnergy Corp.’s involvement in the 2019 Corruption Program which resulted in FirstEnergy receiving millions of dollars in grants to ill-gotten companies funded by taxpayers,” wrote the lawmakers.
Crossman and Smith have said FirstEnergy Stadium should be renamed the “original and legitimate name” of Cleveland Browns Stadium.
“We don’t think FirstEnergy should have the honor and privilege of having its name attached to our city, our football team and certainly not our taxpayer funded stadium,” the couple said in the letter.
State officials are joined by several members of the public to request a name change.
FirstEnergy Corp. purchased the naming rights to the Cleveland Football Stadium in 2013 under a 17-year contract.
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