CINCINNATI OH - AUGUST 15: A Cincinnati Bengals fan cheers during the preseason game against the Denver Broncos at Paul Brown Stadium on August 15 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. The Bengals won 33-24. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Mike Brown has made another move to appease disgruntled fans. Today, the Bengals decided to allow individuals to leave the stadium for a smoking break and come back in.
The stadium will section off areas around gates A, C, D & E with bike racks to allow smoking Cincinnatians to smoke outside and re-enter the stadium with no hassle. This has never been allowed at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Bengals made this decision to come to a compromise between smokers and non-smokers, neither of which have been happy about the current ban of smoking at the stadium. Smokers will light up in bathrooms and other hidden areas around the stadium so that they won't be kicked out.
The team's director of business development Bob Bedinghaus had this to say about the move:
"This is a high-profile issue and we want to do everything we can to accommodate all our fans, but still comply with the law," said Bob Bedinghaus, the team’s director of business development.
"We recognize there are strong feelings on both sides of the issue," Bedinghaus said. "We hope with this accommodation we can strike a middle ground."
This has been a complaint from season ticket holders for years, so hopefully this will bring some sort of closure in an ongoing war between those who smoke and those who don't.
Here's a map I made of which gates will have smoking areas.