Paul Brown Stadium – Cincinnati, Ohio (Home Of The Cincinnati Bengals)

Paul Brown Stadium is the home of the Cincinnati Bengals and opened in August 2000. The stadium is named after the founder of the Bengals, but goes by the nickname of ‘The Jungle’.

Paul Brown Stadium - Cincinnati, Ohio (Home Of The Cincinnati Bengals)

It has the capacity to seat approximately 65,500 and an area of around 22 acres. 

The stadium is one of only three NFL stadiums in the country which are not named after a corporate sponsor. It has a sleek design and blends in well with the city.

Views of downtown can be enjoyed to the north and the Ohio River to the south. 

In 2001 the stadium received a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects (California Council) which is the first time an NFL stadium has received such an award.

A Cincinnati Enquirer columnist wrote that “Every seat is good”. 

Paul Brown Stadium is the only football stadium to make it onto a list of “America’s favorite 150 buildings and structures”. Only two other sporting venues ranked higher, Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium.

No other football stadium made the list. 

How Many Seats Are In Paul Brown Stadium

Paul Brown Stadium has a seating capacity of 65,515. The lower deck encircles the whole playing field. On both sides of the field, there are club levels and an upper deck.

Beyond the north end zone, there is an additional deck of seats.

There are 114 luxury suites in the stadium featuring retractable glass windows which allow fans to enjoy the atmosphere of the game or relax in climate controlled surroundings.

Suites feature concierge service, premium parking and an exclusive entrance. 

Seating within the suites include twelve spacious stadium seats and four others which are elevated at a drink rail, offering a view of the game.

The interiors are elegantly designed and there is specialized catering available. 

The 7,600 club seats are padded, extra wide and offer prime viewing of the football. There is access to the Club Level Lounges with fine dining, or if you prefer to stay in your seat there is a food and beverage in-seat service.

Views are of the riverfront or downtown skyline. 

In total, the stadium covers approximately 22 acres and is 157 feet high. 

Directions – How To Get To Paul Brown Stadium 

If you are driving to the stadium for the first time, the address to use for directions is 1 Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Directions to the stadium are: 

  • From Interstate 75 southbound, use the exits at Freeman Avenue and 2nd Street. 
  • From Interstate 75 northbound, use the exits at 2nd Street and 5th Street in Ohio.
  • From Interstate 71 southbound, use the exits at 3rd Street and Gilbert Avenue. 
  • From Interstate 471 northbound, use the exits at 3rd Street or 6th Street. 

The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky operates a service beginning 2 hours before game time. Trolley service is supplemented by large buses at peak times, which may take a different route to the stadium. 

The Paul Brown Stadium stops are as follows:

To/From Newport:

Rosa Parks on the west side of the Freedom Center (additional large buses will stop in the Riverfront Transit Center).

To/From Covington:

Walnut St. at Freedom Way (additional large buses will stop in the Riverfront Transit Center).

Guests using the ride-share services can be dropped off and picked up on 2nd Street, west of Race Street.

Where to Park Near Paul Brown Stadium

There are ten parking lots and three garages for parking at Paul Brown Stadium. Parking passes can be purchased in advance or on game day. Garages open six hours prior to kick off, and surface lots open four hours before the game starts. 

Parking can be reserved in advance or paid for on the day of the game. On-street parking passes should not be bought from unauthorized vendors on game day, as they are not valid. 

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There are around 14 additional parking lots and garages available other than those at the stadium itself, including The Beer Sellar & Hooters, from where you can catch a Queen City Riverboat to and from the stadium starting two hours before kickoff. 

All parking lots at Paul Brown Stadium have handicapped spaces, but these are on a first-come, first-served basis. A valid parking pass and state issued license plate are necessary for parking at the stadium. 

Tailgating in the parking lots of Paul Brown Stadium is part of the experience for fans when they come for a Cincinnati Bengals football game. 

Other Paul Brown Stadium Frequently Asked Questions

Why Is The Stadium Named After Paul Brown?

Paul Brown co-founded the Bengals in 1968, and he was their first coach. He took the team to three playoffs, including 1970. He is credited with being one of the first to make coaching a full time job, both for himself and his assistants. 

After the Bengals were eliminated from the playoffs in 1975 Brown announced he was retiring from coaching. He stayed on as the team’s president until his death in 1991. 

Who Owns Paul Brown Stadium?

Hamilton County owns the Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium.

In 1996, it passed a half percent sales tax increase to pay for the building of a new home for the Bengals and the Cincinnati Reds, who had previously shared Riverfront Stadium aka Cinergy Field. 

Paul Brown Stadium was built first to the west, and eventually the Reds got a new ballpark. Paul Brown has hosted five NFL playoffs. 

Is Paul Brown A Good Stadium?

In 2020 Paul Brown Stadium was voted one of the worst stadiums in the NFL according to a poll conducted by The Athletic. Thirty-one NFL writers voted on the best and worst stadiums, and Paul Brown was named fifth worst. 

The stadium is now twenty years old and has not had much sprucing up in the meantime. There are no statues or any real decorations on the inside. A Ring of Honor or creating a museum would potentially add some interest.

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