If you love the Bengals and live in the Dayton area, then you might have a chance to see them in person without having to travel very far. I know, I know. The drive from Dayton to downtown Cincinnati isn't that long, but damn if it's not a pain in the ass sometimes. Instead, now you can wait for them to come to you.
The Bengals announced Friday afternoon that on Sunday, August 22 at 3:30 PM, the team will travel to Dayton for a practice at Welcome Stadium.
The practice is free, but an admission pass is needed for entrance into the stadium. Passes will NOT be available at Welcome Stadium, but can be picked up (limit to six per customer) at the Fifth Third Field Box Office. Given capacity of the stadium, only 11,000 passes will be distributed, on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Fifth Third Field Box Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, until passes run out. No phone orders will be accepted. A $10 parking fee per car will be required at Welcome Stadium on practice day, benefiting the Dayton Public Schools and Dayton Dragons MVP program.
Stadium concession stands will be open during practice. Fans should know that no outside food or beverage can be brought into Welcome Stadium, and no alcohol will be served. Exclusive Bengals Pro Shop merchandise will be available for purchase at the practice, saving Miami Valley Bengals fans a trip to Paul Brown Stadium for their favorite jerseys and team apparel. Tickets to the eight regular season home games will also be available for purchase during the practice.
I know what some of you are thinking. Why in the world would you travel so far to just have a practice. But this is one of those things I keep talking about. Reaching out to the fans. And heading up I-75 for about 30 minutes is a great way to reach out to team's Dayton contingent. For fans in different areas to watch their team practice might seem like a small thing, but it won't be for those that actually go.