Feast your eyes on a new Jungle, Bengals fans.
More than $20 million of improvements to Paul Brown Stadium will be on display during Friday night’s Bengals preseason opener against the New York Giants.
“We are excited to show off our many new elements,” Bengals executive vice-president Katie Blackburn said. “The club strives not only to have an exciting team on the field but to make sure the in-stadium, game-day fan experience is top-notch as well. We believe that fans attending tomorrow, and at our other home games, will come away impressed.”
Here is a list of improvements, courtesy of the team. We think you will agree: It's a Jungle in there!
From the Bengals:
The most obvious improvement fans will notice will be the new HD video boards and sideline LED boards. The main video boards are more than twice the size of the previous boards, measuring 130-by-36 feet. In addition to being much larger, the HD boards will appear brighter and sharper. They will feature new video production, supplied by Lightborne Communications, a local Cincinnati video production company. The LED boards now stretch the entire length of the sidelines and will allow for additional information, including fantasy stats and out of town scores.
“We were pleased to be able to partner with Hamilton County to enhance the video quality at PBS,” Katie Blackburn said. “We’re confident the improvement will be very well-received by our fans.”
The Bengals worked with Aramark Concessions to fund $2.5 million of upgrades to all concession stands, including enhanced food preparation and presentation. Every stand in the general seating area has been upgraded with a new façade and HiDef TV. And a new concept – “Burgers and Brews” – will bring cook-to-order service to every level in the stadium.
Additionally, the Bengals and Buffalo Wings and Rings are opening a new stand on the north plaza level (next to the Pro Shop), which will serve Buffalo Wings and Rings’ unique style of chicken wings and beverages.
Also new this year will be additional craft beers. The former Pigskin Pub, located on the west sideline level, has been remade into the “Queen City Tap Room,” serving both local and national craft beers. The Queen City Tap Room will also provide a new HiDef projector, showing the game while fans enjoying food and beverages.
Last season, Paul Brown Stadium began introducing a stadium-wide WiFi system. That system is now completed, has been augmented in areas like the Canopy Level, and promises to be among the finest in the NFL.
Club Seat fans and Suite Holders will notice a new concept in community and lounge seating. Funded entirely by the Bengals, this $1 million improvement replaces the original lounge furniture with modern lounge-style seating. Six-person community tables, segmented couches, all new tables and chairs and new lighting with more HiDef TV’s will make the Club Lounges a great setting for enjoying pre-game and halftime with friends.
While not visible on game day, the team’s interior work space has undergone $3 million in improvements funded by the Bengals. Work is completed on an enlarged locker room, a new weight room twice as large as the prior facility, a new players lounge, a new cafeteria, and a new television studio. Head coach Marvin Lewis has pointed to the new facilities as a signal to players that despite the team’s four consecutive playoff appearances, a new level of performance is expected in 2015.