The Cleveland Browns are a professional American football team based in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) North division. The Browns play their home games at First Energy Stadium, which opened in 1999. The franchise was founded in 1945 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC). When the AAFC folded after the 1949 season, the Browns joined the National Football League.