National Football Post's Joe Fortenbaugh ranks all 31 NFL stadiums, using five criteria. Architecture (does it look cool), History. Weather. Fans. Location. Green Bay's Lambeau Field predictably ranks first, thanks in large part to the stadium's history, as well as the fans. As we understand it, you would have to wait 4,621 years to finally have your name called for season tickets, if you put your name on the waiting list today.
Dallas' Cowboys Stadium ranks second, mostly because of its architecture and technology. The top five round out with Qwest Field (Seattle), Hines Field (Pittsburgh) and Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia). Seriously. The Bengals should think of incorporating the word "field" somewhere.
Speaking of which, how did Paul Brown Stadium rank in Fortenbaugh's ranking?
Ranked 23rd overall, Paul Brown Stadium drops thanks to the historical significance of the team's lack of playoff wins. Not that we can argue the point, but we feel sad for ol' girl. It's not like it's her fault that the Bengals can't win a playoff game.
The traveling circus known as the Cincinnati Bengals rarely give their fans anything to cheer about. Since opening its doors in 2000, Paul Brown Stadium has hosted just two playoff games, with both of them predictably resulting in a loss.
However, PBS is located in downtown Cincinnati and offers a pretty decent few of the city skyline. Additionally, if your stadium carries the nickname, "The Jungle," you definitely deserve some respect.
Overall, the venue is nice and the fans are pretty solid, but the place lacks historical significance and can probably get pretty miserable late in the season when the Bengals are getting cracked.
Bonus Points: Somehow, Paul Brown Stadium made the list of "America’s favorite 150 buildings and structures," per the team website. I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry.