Upgrades coming to Paul Brown Stadium
04/18/2014 09:26 PM
The Cincinnati Bengals and Hamilton County reached a new lease agreement Thursday allowing the Bengals to make some major changes to Paul Brown Stadium, according to the team’s website.
To enhance the fan experience the Bengals will be getting a new 10 million dollar scoreboard. The current board which has been in place since 2000 has seen better days and is considered to be very outdated compared to what most other NFL teams now have.
The team will also be expanding and upgrading their locker rooms and weight room as well as adding wi-fi throughout Paul Brown Stadium. In all, the Bengals will be spending around 6 million dollars for the enhancements with the county picking up the rest of the tab.
Another major change to the lease agreement will be allowing the Bengals to play two international “home” games. Under the previous lease all eight of the regular season home games were required to be played at Paul Brown Stadium. Since the NFL created the International Series in 2007 there have been 17 teams who have played at least one game at Wembley Stadium in London. The new agreement will allow Cincinnati to do so as well.
With the new agreement the Bengals will waive height restrictions at “The Banks” The Banks is the area in Cincinnati along the river where Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ballpark and several other attractions are located. Waiving those restrictions allows the county to construct two new buildings and add jobs to the local economy.
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