Over 24,000 people packed FirstEnergy Stadium for Family Night

Family Night at FirstEnergy Stadium

CLEVELAND - With Browns-season soon approaching, 24,131 fans packed Browns Family Fun Night at FirstEnergy Stadium Saturday.

The kid-friendly event takes place each year, but this year was a first at FirstEnergy Stadium.

"I love it, it's really nice," said Jessica Crawford.

Valarie Ware told NewsChannel5, "It's nice, it's really good for the kids. "

"I think it's great for the kids," seconded Shannon Davis, "because you know a lot of them don't get an opportunity to come otherwise. "

It was a first-time trip for Davis, her daughter and husband.  Nathan Davis, giving a different prospective, described Saturday as a time to not only bond but share his tradition with his daughter. "First time, my daughter coming to the stadium – just a good chance to get her feet wet with the experience, meet some of the players," he said.

The Browns opened-up Alfred Learner Way at 4:30 p.m. for family-friendly activities that included games and inflatables. Then gates opened an hour later for Browns fans to take a seat and watch this year's team practice at home. A Laser and Fireworks Show followed at 9:30 p.m.

Also a first, the lack of bags being brought in after Cleveland Browns officials announced a new bag policy at the stadium.

Laura Cantrell came with her pockets stuffed. "I have no bags on me and all of our money is on this guy [pointing to her husband] and all of the videotaping equipment is on me, that's all we have!"

Although some came prepared, the new policy was not enforced Saturday. A Cleveland Browns employee told NewsChannel5 fans, however, should expect the policy to be enforced from here on out. 

For more information on the bag policy click here .

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