|Bengals shift camp to Paul Brown Stadium|
by Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, January 21, 2012 at 3:50 am ET
Marvin Lewis Profile
Following a trend around the NFL, the Cincinnati Bengals have shifted training camp to Paul Brown Stadium.
The Bengals had camped at Georgetown College (Ky.) for the past 15 years.
The team will offer fan access to watch practice.
"Georgetown has been a great place for us, but this is the best way for our team to get ready for the 2012 regular season," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "We are going to be right in our home, and that's where you're best suited with the way the (NFL) rules have changed. We also hope to see some fans who maybe haven't had a chance to see us at camp before, and we're excited to join all the great activities that are happening in the summertime in our downtown."
The Bengals said they will make sure that fans get access to practice and to the players.
"Some very positive opportunities both for fans and the local economy will now be available, and we are excited to bring the benefits to Greater Cincinnati," Bengals vice president Katie Blackburn said. "We think fans will like what we have to offer."
Added Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory: "It's great to have the Bengals' training camp as a major addition to the downtown summer scene. With all of the excitement from last year's playoff finish, the timing couldn't be better." Greg Hartmann, Hamilton County Commission president, said: "Everything is coming together at The Banks, and the addition of Bengals training camp will provide just one more reason for people to come downtown. This is another example of converting the promises of The Banks into a reality."
Why did the Bengals make this decision?
According to the team, they felt that their superior facilities and the reduction of on-field practices due to the collective bargaining agreement changes under the new labor deal made this the right call for the organization.
"The new rules bring an aspect that the Bengals and Georgetown College must adjust to," Bengals owner Mike Brown said. "But people who know me know that I will personally miss going away to camp very much. Georgetown is a special place for the Bengals and will remain so. I thank Bill Crouch (Georgetown College president) for working with us to make the arrangement happen. The people we have worked with over the years have been unfailingly helpful and knowledgeable. They have become our dear friends and will remain so."
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