CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 23: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass against the Green Bay Packers during a preseason NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on August 23, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
According to the Cincinnati Bengals, the regular season home opener against the Cleveland Browns is "within shouting distance" of being a sellout. The team says that over 5,000 new season tickets have been sold, to go along with "10 new suite holders" while retaining " more than 95 percent of its season-ticket holders." At this rate the Bengals could have upwards to three games declared as sellouts already, with the Sunday Night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys nearing sellouts of their own, save for a handful of season tickets and ticket packs.
What a far cry from a year ago when the team couldn't sellout any games, save for the Steelers with their well-traveled fanbase and the regular season finale against Baltimore that included a buy-one-get-one-free deal for season ticket holders. But it says a lot about this redeveloped team with fans getting behind both the optimism and the personnel of this team.