Referred to by fans as "the Jungle'', the horseshoe-shaped Paul Brown Stadium is the exclusive home of the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals. The venue is located five blocks west of the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati Ohio, and only a block away from the Ohio River.
Rather than taking the route of a number of other teams in the league by selling the naming rights to an outside company, the stadium is instead named after Pro Football Hall of Fame member and former Coach, Paul Brown, founder of the Bengals as well as the Cleveland Browns.
Opening August 19, 2000, the opening game was played between the Bengals and their rivals, the Cleveland Browns. The stadium, occupying 22 acres of land, is owned by Hamilton County, and was once voted 101st on a list of "America's Favorite 150 Buildings and Structures,'' being the only football stadium to make the list. The cost of construction ran close to $455 million.
Paul Brown Stadium has a capacity for 65,535 fans. Those looking to get a little more out of their NFL experience should consider partaking in one of the 7,600 club seats (complete with extra-wide seats that are padded for additional comfort) or the 114 private suites spread about the three levels of the stadium.
The private suites are graced with retractable windows, allowing for a more outdoorsy feel if desired. Private suites also grant patrons premium parking opportunities with an exclusive entrance to the stadium. Catering is available along with a concierge service, and each suite includes 12 stadium seats as well as four elevated seats.
The stadium has 56 fixed concession stands within its walls, as well as more than 1,200 restroom fixtures for the convenience of the fans. Along with mobile stands, fans can also purchase NFL merchandise at any of the eight fixed vending locations throughout the venue. A number of ATMs are situated throughout the building. Paul Brown Stadium is also fully handicap accessible, helping to meet the needs of disabled fans.
Anyone who enters Paul Brown Stadium will immediately notice that the stadium is decorated with a jungle design as well as tiger stripes, which represent the home team and recognizing the fans' nickname for the venue with pride. This design has been there since 2004, adding a unique touch to the stadium's atmosphere. Each endzone is also host to its own video scoreboard. In the southeast corner of the plaza at Paul Brown Stadium is an area referred to as the "Jungle Zone''. Here, starting three hours before kickoff, fans can enjoy music, interactive games, and plenty of food and drink until the start of the game.
The current playing surface, installed in 2004 and replacing a natural grass surface, is FieldTurf. It's been deemed cheaper and easier to maintain than a natural surface and looks and feels just like a grass field. On top of this, it's safer for the players, something many people should be happy to hear. To learn more, fans can call 513-621-3550.
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