Life without Bengals training camp

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

The Cincinnati Bengals kicked off their summer training camp but for the first time since 1997 that camp won't be held in Georgetown. It's now being held on the team's practice fields in downtown Cincinnati.

"It's a little strange that they are not here because every other year that I can remember they've been here," explains Georgetown College student Heather Yates. "A lot of people come in to watch the training camp, it was good for business it was good for the school, overall just good for the city."

The team says they based their decision off new N-F-L rules for on field practices.

The impact is also being felt by local businesses. Hundreds of people traveled from all over the state as well as neighboring states to watch the Bengals practice. "My uncle is a really big fan so it was cool that they were in our town. He was excited to come visit us and watch his team."

Local store owners say they'll definitely feel the effects of the team being gone, especially at restaurants. "The players use to come in all the time and eat and fans would come in as well. It was such a great environment," explains restaurant manager Sheri Gruchow.

For the first time in Club history, the Bengals will conduct their Training Camp in Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium.

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