UPDATE: The Cincinnati City Council is now the final hurdle for the Bengals to construct their interim practice facility along the Ohio River. Their plans have been confirmed for zoning purposes but not fully approved yet.
The Bengals will still need approval from Cincinnati City Council in order to construct the interim practice bubble. Bengals cleared any potential zoning hurdles today, though.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) April 15, 2022
It’s official. The Cincinnati Bengals are getting their own indoor practice facility.
While they continue working on their permanent facility, the Cincinnati City Planning Commission has approved their plans to construct a temporary bubble adjacent to their existing practice fields.
The Bengals' plans for building an indoor practice bubble have been confirmed by the Cincinnati City Planning Commission.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) April 15, 2022
Director of Strategy and Engagement Elizabeth Blackburn was on-hand to speak on the Bengals’ behalf. The vote to approve was unanimous.
Bengals executive Elizabeth Blackburn addressing the commission this morning ahead of the approval for the indoor bubble. pic.twitter.com/FOIXWYSALU— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) April 15, 2022
Construction will take place off of Merhig Way in-between the Brent Spence Bridge and the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge. The bubble and nearly 200 parking spaces is expected to be completed by the start of the 2022 season.
The location of the permanent facility has not been announced yet, but this bubble is expected to be used just for the upcoming season. Development on the permanent site should commence within the next year if they want to use it for 2023 and beyond.
Any indoor facility with the Bengals’ name on it has been on the minds of fans for quite some time. Following a Super Bowl run in which they had to work around an ice storm, the team has finally taken the necessary steps towards making life easier for their players and coaches when the elements get too severe.