It may not be football season quite yet, but training camp for the Cincinnati Bengals is just around the corner. Beginning on Friday, July 27th, training camp will run for just over three weeks through Sunday, August 19th. Training Camp is a wonderful opportunity to check out the 2012 Bengals, now locally, at a great price.
For the first time in the team's history, Training Camp is being held in the heart of Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium and at the Bengals practice field just next door. Most recently training camp had been held in Georgetown College in Kentucky, which was a good one hour drive from Cincinnati. Having Training Camp in Cincinnati is real treat for local fans that will now be able to easily attend without the hassle of planning a mini-road trip.
Having attended Training Camp in Georgetown previously, I can vouch that it is a great way to get a look at the team in a much more casual, less crowded setting. The team runs through drills and plays, and you are able to see the players interact in a more lighthearted manner than during the intensity of a game day.
Training Camp is an opportunity to see the most popular players, like Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, and Domata Peko; but also your first chance to check out newly acquired running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis and rookie cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick.
Not to mention the cost - Training Camp is free, which really can't be beat. The practices held at Paul Brown Stadium are open to all, and as there is plenty of room you will not need any sort of ticket or voucher for entry.
The practice fields do not typically have fan seating, so temporary seating will be installed for Training Camp. The capacity will still be limited, and in order to attend one of these practices fans will need to obtain tickets, which will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis at 10am the day of the practice at the North Ticket Office of Paul Brown Stadium.
While attending Training Camp on the practice fields will be a bit more of a hassle due to the need for a ticket, this will likely be a more intimate setting in which to watch the players. The Bengals organization anticipates that tickets to the practice field practices will be gobbled up quickly, and is advising fans to plan accordingly.
Another noteworthy topic on many fans minds, both young and old, is the availability of autograph time with our up and coming bound for success Bengals. The team has indicated that groups of players will be available for autographs after each practice ends.
All in all, it sounds like Bengals Training Camp here in Cincinnati is going to be a lot of fun for the city and for fans of the team. What better way to show your WhoDey spirit, and love for the Bengals before the season even begins by cheering them on Training Camp?
"Bengals Training Camp 2012 presented by Fifth Third Bank," bengals.com
Lisa Stewart is a married mother of two living in the suburbs of Cincinnati. Lisa is a die-hard Bengals fan and has faith the team's best days are ahead. Lisa looks forward to some day seeing the Bengals finally win it all.
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