Browns awarded Safety Act designation from DHS
The Browns and the city of Cleveland have been awarded a Safety Act “Designation and Certification” from the Department of Homeland Security, the highest level of liability protection granted by the program. The recognition is a renewal of the comparable DHS award that the club and city received in 2019. The entities now have protection through January 2028 from paying claims that might be filed by victims of an incident at FirstEnergy Stadium that is deemed by DHS to be an act of terrorism.
FirstEnergy in 2017 originally received “Designation” status, which provides less legal protection. Since then, the club has upgraded its emergency preparedness procedures and training policies and enhanced the stadium’s various security technologies. New York-based Petrone Risk helped the Browns navigate the application process and secure federal protection. Petrone has also helped secure DHS protection at numerous big league venues, including Hard Rock Stadium, Highmark Stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, Nissan Stadium and State Farm Stadium.