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Cincinnati Bengals Stadium
November 11, 2012
31 - 13 Win
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Capacity: 65,535 seats
Playing Surface: FieldTurf
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Hot Dog: $4.75
Two Paul Brown Stadium
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Stadium Review - Paul Brown Stadium Tour
Paul Brown Stadium opened in August of 2000, just in time for the start of the 2000-2001 NFL football season. Built as one of the first pro football super-complexes, many of the major shortcomings of the traditional football stadium design were addressed when the new stadium was built. Paul Brown Stadium is truly a base of operations for the day to day activities of the Cincinnati Bengals organization. With onsite administrative offices, training facilities, coaches offices and meeting rooms, the needs of players, coaches, and administrators can be met within this facility. Adjacent to the facility, the Cincinnati Bengals have also built three practice fields (two natural grass fields and one artificial turf) to allow them to simulate away game conditions during an intense week of practice. Paul Brown Stadium also features two modern endzone scoreboards with video replay capability. Plans for the addition of a set of High Definition scoreboards are the works as well. In 2012, the field surface was updated with the installation of a new start of the art UBU Sports' Speed Series S5-M synthetic turf system to enhance player safety and match some of the best playing surfaces in the league.
On the heels of a thrilling victory over the New York Giants on November 11, 2012, which I was in town to for, I arranged for a tour of Paul Brown Stadium through the Cincinnati Bengals marketing department. Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium tours are held Monday -Friday from 10 am-2pm, but unfortunately they are only offered during the spring and summer months from April 1st - July 31st. I guess Bengals marketing views this as more of a summer activity, but I really think they’ve developed an excellent tour and should consider offering it during the football season.
The stadium tour begins in the ProShop. The thing I found most remarkable about the Cincinnati Bengals ProShop is that they offer game used player jerseys for general sale. You’re going to pay around $300.00 or more to get your hands on one of these jerseys, but to actually have the ability to purchase a game-used player jersey is rare. So in my estimation, if you purchase one, you’re getting a bargain.
After the proshop, visitors are led through the private suites and club level. Patrons of this area enjoy an exceptional gameday experience. Each of the 114 private suites features retractable glass windows to either keep the elements at bay or open the suite to fans to become more a part of the gameday atmosphere. In addition, suite holders hold premium parking passes, an exclusive entrance, specialized catering, personalized concierge service and elegant interior designs. Each suite includes twelve fixed stadium seats and four elevated seats at a drink rail with a view of the game. Club Level seating is located along the east and west sidelines at a prime viewing level. Club patrons enjoy a wider seat that’s weather protected and access to the Club Level Lounges that offer fine dining and incredible views of the city skyline.
A walk through the press box is next, as stadium tour guests can see what it's like for members of the press on gameday. With excellent site lines to the action down on the field and catered food service throughout the day, it's clear to me that your typical sportswriter has got it made on gameday. Each pressbox station also has a landline phone, electrical power outlets and internet hookups for laptops. With everything they needs at their fingertips, the pressbox makes for an impressive gameday base of operations so these sportswriters can get a jump of their article for the evening edition of the paper.
The stadium tour continues through the rarely seen player areas such as the weight room, player’s lounge and the locker room areas. The weight room is a state of the art training facility that is on par with the best in the National Football League. The Player’s lounge features recliners, flatscreen TV’s and a pool table. A full service kitchen offering food service throughout the week is also available to Bengals Players, coaches and staff. On non-working days, the Cincinnati Bengals Locker Room is open to the public as part of the stadium tour, but during the season it is the visitor’s locker room that’s patrons will view. Both are interesting, but the home team locker room is obviously more impressive with Bengal carpeting and hardwood player lockers.
The tour concludes with some time at field level. Many stadium tours do not allow on field access as part of their tour, but that’s not the case in Cincinnati. Guests are allowed to test the state of the art synthetic surface and stare up at the stands, imagining what it must to like for our weekend warriors to take the field every Sunday. To me, spending some time on the field itself is the most impressive part of any stadium tour. I actually like to bring a football with me in order to fully enjoy the on-field experience.
All things considered, I think the Bengals Organization has developed an excellent tour and highly recommend it when you’re in town. For more information or to schedule a tour of Paul Brown Stadium, please call (513)455-4800 to talk to a tour representative at the stadium.
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Top Tourist Attractions:
Cincinnati Museum Center (inspiration for Super Friends Hall of Justice)
Roebling Bridge - predecessor to the Brooklyn Bridge
Newport on the Levee – Purple People Bridge, Newport Aquarium
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Cincinnati Chili (Skyline Chili vs. Goldstar Chili), Goetta, Mettwurst, Graeter's Ice Cream
What They're Drinkin':
Christian Moerlein, Hudepohl, Shoenling's Little Kings Cream Ale
Longworth Hall – Public Lot $30 – 700 West Pete Rose Way
Bengals Lot D directly to the East of the Stadium
Bengals Lot E for RV’s/Buses – directly to the south of the stadium.
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Mainstrasse in Covington (Pachinkos, Cock and Bull)
The Banks (Holy Grail Tavern & Grill, Moerlein Lager House)
Gateway Quarter in Over the Rhine
Downtown Cincinnati (Cadillac Ranch, Bootsy’s)
Newport on the Levee (Hofbrauhaus, Arnie’s on the Levee)
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Areas Covered: Suites, Luxury Boxes, Locker Room, Press Box, and
No tours are given during the NFL Regular Season
Hear that Bengal growlin',
Mean and ang-a-ree,
Here he comes a prowlin',
Lean and hung-a-ree,
An offensive brute,
Run, pass, or boot,
And defensively he's rough! Tough!
|Special Thanks to Chris and Jill for the tour||A view from the Press Box||Visitors Locker Room|
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