Browns Stadium repairs stalled by court challenge

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- A challenge by the low-bidder that was passed over for the work has stalled repairs at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

A judge ruled Thursday that Suburban Maintenance and Construction has a good chance of proving its case, so he will schedule a trial.

The city says the company failed to make a good-faith effort to include local small businesses and minority- and female-owned companies as subcontractors.

The Browns, who lease the city-owned stadium, want to refurbish seats and fix concrete before a Kenny Chesney concert July 29.

The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/GR1TlG) reports that team attorney Fred Nance says delays could drive up costs. The city withheld comment pending a meeting Tuesday between the judge and attorneys.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com