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Paul Brown Stadium
"The Jungle"
Location 1 Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-3418
Coordinates 39°5′44″N 84°30′58″W / 39.09556°N 84.51611°W / 39.09556; -84.51611Coordinates: 39°5′44″N 84°30′58″W / 39.09556°N 84.51611°W / 39.09556; -84.51611
Broke ground 1998
Opened 2000
Owner Hamilton County, Ohio
Operator Cincinnati Bengals
Surface FieldTurf
Construction cost $455 million
Architect NBBJ
Capacity 65,790
Cincinnati Bengals (NFL) (2000-present)

Paul Brown Stadium is a football stadium located in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the home of the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. It opened on August 19, 2000. Bucking a recent trend, the city decided against selling the naming rights of the new stadium to a large corporation and named it after coaching legend Paul Brown, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who founded not only the Bengals in 1966, but also the Cleveland Browns in 1946.

In 1996, Hamilton County voters passed a one-half percent sales tax increase to fund the building of two new facilities for both the Bengals and the Major League Baseball Cincinnati Reds. Previously, the Bengals and the Reds shared occupancy of Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field, but both teams complained that the aging multipurpose facility lacked modern amenities and other things necessary for small market teams to survive. Paul Brown Stadium was built first. After the Bengals moved into Paul Brown Stadium a large section of Cinergy Field was removed and the field was sodded with natural grass. The partial demolition was done to facilitate the construction of the Reds' Great American Ball Park.

Paul Brown Stadium is located on approximately 22 acres (89,000 m²) of land and has a listed capacity of 65,535. The Bengals are the sole tenant. They played their first regular season game in Paul Brown Stadium against their intrastate rivals, the Cleveland Browns; the very first game in the facility was a pre-season game against the Chicago Bears.

Originally, the field was natural Kentucky Bluegrass, but problems arose in maintaining it. At one point, the field was rated as the third-worst field in the league by the NFL Players Association[citation needed]. Hamilton County, the owners of the stadium, explored other options and the FieldTurf system won out. FieldTurf looks and feels like real grass, and since the field markings are actually sewn into the fabric, repainting between games is unnecessary. The reduced maintenance saves the county approximately $100,000 annually[citation needed]. Additionally, it opens Paul Brown Stadium to other uses without worry of damage to the turf. The FieldTurf was installed for the 2004 season. The field is one of only two stadiums in the NFL to have "five miles of piping running under the field to keep the rubber inlays heated."[1]

The first college game played in the stadium came on September 21, 2002 between the University of Cincinnati and the eventual national champion Ohio State Buckeyes. On September 5, 2009, University of Kentucky and Miami University played their opening game at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Cincinnati Jazz Festival is held there every year.

Two high-definition video-equipped scoreboards at either endzone ensure that every spectator has a good view of the on-field action.

Paul Brown Stadium also houses the Bengals' administrative offices and training facilities. In addition, there are three smaller practice fields nearby. Two are sodded with natural grass while the third is equipped with FieldTurf.

As a convenience for fans, for a nominal fee, several local busing companies offer round trip transportation to Paul Brown Stadium from designated locations throughout the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. One such example is the Cincinnati Metro's Jungle-to-Jungle Express, which originates at Jungle Jim's International Market in Fairfield, a suburb of Cincinnati.

Shortly after the completion of the stadium, cost overruns led to Hamilton County filing a lawsuit against Los Angeles-based NBBJ, the architectural firm that designed and built Paul Brown Stadium. The suit was settled in October, 2004 for $14.25m.

Fans enjoy premium seating options in the 114 private suites and thousands of club seats. Amenities include in-seat food and beverage service and access to the club lounges for fine dining options.[1]

On-site retail merchandise sales are available in the Bengals pro shop, located on the plaza level on the north end of the stadium.


Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

Bengals' fans lovingly refer to Paul Brown Stadium as "The Jungle." This is a reference both to the natural habitat of the tiger as well as the Guns N' Roses song "Welcome to the Jungle" (from their Appetite for Destruction album).[citation needed] In 1988, the Bengals made their second trip to the Super Bowl, and during that season, the song, particularly the opening guitar riff, was played between plays. Fans informally began calling the old stadium "The Jungle", a practice which was carried over to Paul Brown Stadium. However, it was not until 2004 that the Bengals officially recognized the nickname and added a jungle motif and tiger stripes to the stadium's interior walls.

Also, every year in early April, in a very unusual use for a football stadium, a scholastic chess tournament is held in Paul Brown Stadium. This tournament usually attracts close to 700 competitors.

Facts and stats:
Concessions Stands: 56
Area: 1,850,000 square feet
Stores: 8


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Preceded by
Riverfront Stadium
Home of the
Cincinnati Bengals

2000 – present
Succeeded by


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