To see 'Baltimore Browns' for less, fly to Cleveland THE BROWNS' MOVE TO BALTIMORE

November 07, 1995|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

You want to cheer on Baltimore's newest team but don't have the $4,000 or so in the cookie jar for permanent seat licenses to take the family out to watch the Browns at Memorial Stadium next year.

There's a solution: Instead of waiting for the Browns to come to Baltimore, go to their final game in Cleveland.

The Browns' last regular-season game at Cleveland Stadium will be Dec. 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals. There were nearly 8,000 no-shows for the Browns' game Sunday against the Houston Oilers, and if Clevelanders don't build a bonfire with their tickets to the Bengals game, they probably can be bought at reduced cost from scalpers.

Weather can make auto travel on the Pennsylvania Turnpike or I-68 hazardous in December, but why drive to Cleveland, anyway? Leaving Baltimore the day before and returning the night of the Browns-Bengals game, the round-trip airfare on Southwest Airlines would be $73.

By flying USAir and staying an extra day, you can get a $54 round-trip fare. You can put the $19 you save toward a $57 room at a nearby Comfort Inn.

The Browns are at Cleveland Stadium against the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 19, but because of advance-purchase restrictions, Southwest's lowest available round-trip airfare that weekend is $146.

The Browns also are at home Nov. 26 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but Thanksgiving brings the busiest travel weekend of the year, and most return flights on Sunday night are sold out.

USAir has the cheaper fare, $138, involving a return on Monday, Nov. 27.

A weekend in Cleveland

Round-trip airfare on USAir $54

Two nights at Comfort Inn $114

Ticket to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame $11

Ticket to Browns game $27

One dinner at Pete & Dewey's $15

One dinner at Massimo's $25

Cabs, other meals $50

Total $296

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