Major upgrades slated at Paycor Stadium


Paycor Stadium major improvements Image: Cincinnati Bengals

The NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals are set to undertake significant improvements to Paycor Stadium, as the team look to show support and commitment to a successful future in Cincinnati.

The Bengals said that with the unanimous support from NFL Owners and the League’s Finance Committee, they will fund $100-120 million of major improvements to Paycor Stadium with construction running through 2026.

The 65,515-capacity Paycor Stadium, previously known as the Paul Brown Stadium, is an outdoor football stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio (US). It is the home venue of the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League and opened on August 19th, 2000.

The Bengals said that improvement projects will take place in fan-facing areas and will include updated video and audio systems, renovations to suites and club lounges, concession upgrades and beautification projects.

Bengals Executive Vice President Katie Blackburn said, “The Bengals are continuing to invest in our future here in Cincinnati.

“We are lucky to have a great stadium and we are proud to invest in this great asset to help make it a best-in-class facility. We love our fans and can think of no better way to celebrate our 25th season in Paycor Stadium than to announce these major improvements that will make the gameday experience even better.”

Stadium improvements are a necessary part of a long-standing plan to keep a successful team in Cincinnati and keep the Bengals competitive across the NFL.

The latest round of improvements takes the recent team investment to approximately $150 million over the past few seasons, including $40 million in private investment for projects that include the IEL Indoor Facility, a new locker room, an overhauled and expanded training room, new ribbon videoboards and upgrades to concessions and the Bengals Pro Shop.

At the league’s spring meeting in Nashville, the owners approved the Bengals’ G-5 application that stipulates the money must be spent on fan-facing elements.

The Bengals further stated that the funding vote came in a city where the Titans are soon moving into a new $2 billion dome stadium next to their old stadium that opened in 1999, a year before Paycor.

In the ensuing 24 years, Paycor has proven to be a durable community touchstone that has hosted everything from the Rev. Billy Graham’s Mission to a Taylor Swift concert and six Bengals’ playoff games in between.

The Bengals admire how well the building has held up during two generations of NFL record-setters and they believe it has plenty left for the next generations with an economical approach of upgrades rather than the billions of dollars needed for a new project.

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