With a growing fan base, Cleveland will play host to the NFL’s season opener in 2020, with the Browns facing the Pittsburgh Steelers in a playoff game at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The game, the first of the league’s four preseason contests, is the third scheduled to be played in the state and the first to be held outside of Ohio.
The first was the Cleveland Browns’ home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 27, 2019, and the second was the first regular-season matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Cleveland Indians in 2020.
A third game, to be staged on November 15 in the United States Bank Stadium, will be played the same day.
The Browns will also host the NFL Pro Bowl on January 11, 2021, which is the last regular-year game before the 2018-19 season begins.
In 2019, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Dolphins defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers to win the AFC South title.
The NFL has already announced its slate of games for 2020, which includes the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Super Bowl 50 matchup between Seattle and Denver, the Pittsburgh Super Bowl, the New York Giants-San Francisco 49ers NFL Preseason Classic, and Super Bowl LI, which will be held on February 6, 2021.