The Bengals’ 2012 training camp will be conducted at the team’s facility at Paul Brown Stadium. The club will offer fan access not available in-season at PBS, and sessions will run from late July through mid-August.
The Bengals will end a 15-year run of conducting training camp at Georgetown (Ky.) College, and this will be the first time the team has ever trained at its home facility.
“Georgetown has been a great place for us, but this is the best way for our team to get ready for the 2012 regular season,” said head coach Marvin Lewis. “We going to be right in our home, and that’s where you’re best suited with the way the (NFL) rules have changed. We also hope to see some fans who maybe haven’t had a chance to see us at camp before, and we’re excited to join all the great activities that are happening in the summertime in our downtown.”
The Bengals will work to create open environments at PBS, incorporating the training camp tradition of greater access for fans to interact with players. Special events and attractions not available away from PBS are also in the works. The camp’s practice schedule will be released at a later date, well in advance of opening day.
“Some very positive opportunities both for fans and the local economy will now be available, and we are excited to bring the benefits to Greater Cincinnati,” said Katie Blackburn, Bengals vice-president. “We think fans will like what we have to offer.”
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory added, “It’s great to have the Bengals’ training camp as a major addition to the downtown summer scene. With all of the excitement from last year’s playoff finish, the timing couldn’t be better.”
Greg Hartman, Hamilton County Commission president, said, “Everything is coming together at The Banks, and the addition of Bengals training camp will provide just one more reason for people to come downtown. This is another example of converting the promises of The Banks into a reality.”
The decision to train in Cincinnati was influenced by the NFL’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement agreed to last summer, which significantly reduces the number of on-field practice sessions allowed during the training camp period. By staying at PBS, Bengals coaches will now have the advantage of the team’s home facilities, weight and training facilities, and technology for working with players between practices, assets in which the Club has invested more than $1 million in recent years.
“The new rules bring an aspect that the Bengals and Georgetown College must adjust to,” said Bengals president Mike Brown. “But people who know me know that I will personally miss going away to camp very much. Georgetown is a special place for the Bengals and will remain so. I thank Bill Crouch (Georgetown College president) for working with us to make the arrangement happen. The people we have worked with over the years have been unfailingly helpful and knowledgeable. They have become our dear friends and will remain so.”
For the Bengals’ first 29 seasons (1968-96), the team conducted training camp at Wilmington (Ohio) College.