Friday, January 20, 2012
Bengals move training camp
By Jamison Hensley
Following an NFL trend, the Bengals announced they will be moving their training camp from Georgetown College in Kentucky to Paul Brown Stadium.
The Bengals held training camp at Georgetown for the past 15 summers. Over half of the league's teams are holding training camp at their own facilities.
The NFL's new collective bargaining agreement, which was signed last summer, influenced the Bengals' decision because it reduces the number of on-field practices.
"Georgetown has been a great place for us, but this is the best way for our team to get ready for the 2012 regular season," coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. "We going to be right in our home, and that's where you're best suited with the way the (NFL) rules have changed. We also hope to see some fans who maybe haven't had a chance to see us at camp before, and we're excited to join all the great activities that are happening in the summertime in our downtown."
Cincinnati becomes the second AFC North team to switch training camp from a college setting to team headquarters this year. The Ravens, who trained at McDaniel College from 1996 to 2010, moved their camp permanently to their own facility this year.
Unlike the Ravens, whose facility can't accommodate fans to watch practices, the Bengals announced they will offer fan access to training camp.
"It's great to have the Bengals' training camp as a major addition to the downtown summer scene," Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory said in the team's press release. "With all of the excitement from last year's playoff finish, the timing couldn't be better."