Paul Brown Stadium now Paycor Stadium


Cincinnati Bengals naming rights sponsor Image: NBBJ

The home of the Cincinnati Bengals will no longer carry the name of team founder and National Football League (NFL) pioneer Paul Brown.

‘AP News’ stated that Paycor, a Cincinnati-based provider of human resources software, has bought the naming rights to the stadium in a deal announced on August 9th. The venue will be known as the Paycor Stadium.

The Cincinnati Bengals are a professional American football team based in Cincinnati, US. The Bengals compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference North division. The club’s home games are held in downtown Cincinnati at the Paycor Stadium.

The 65,535-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 (NFL) and opened on August 19th, 2000.

‘AP News’ further stated that terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the development wasn’t a surprise. Team owner Mike Brown – the 86-year-old son of Paul Brown – told newsmen last month that selling the naming rights was necessary for the Bengals to be able to compete as a small-market team -“This is a move that I do think (Paul Brown) would have agreed to. He was always for what’s best for the football team. It’s a time now where we need a revenue stream that will help us as do such things as build the indoor (practice) facility. It’ll help us perhaps handle the cap a little bit easier. We’re a small-market team. We need the revenue streams that we can obtain.”

A Paycor spokesman, Jennifer Budres, said in an email that even though Paul Brown’s name will no longer be on the stadium, his “Legacy is being honored in various ways throughout the stadium”.

The 81,441-capacity Lambeau Field in Wisconsin, US, home of the Green Bay Packers, and the 61,500-capacity Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, home of the Chicago Bears, are now the two remaining NFL stadiums that don’t carry the name of a paid sponsor.

The Bengals’ stadium beside the Ohio River has been known as the Paul Brown Stadium since it replaced the Riverfront Stadium as the Bengals’ home in 2000.

Paul Brown was a legendary figure in Ohio and beyond. He coached at Massillon High School in Northeastern Ohio and Ohio State briefly before World War II, then led the NFL team Cleveland Browns from 1946 to 1963.

Brown became part of the ownership group as well as the General Manager and Coach of the expansion Bengals, initially an American Football League (AFL) team that began play in 1968. Brown retired in 1975 after 45 years of coaching but stayed on as team President until his death in 1991.

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