The Cincinnati Bengals announced Tuesday they will hold their practice at Springboro High School on Monday, Aug. 19.
The practice will mark the team’s first visit to the Miami Valley since 2010, when an overflow crowd packed Welcome Stadium for a practice.
“The Dayton area is very important to the Bengals,” Bengals Executive Vice President Katie Blackburn said in a press release. “We have always had a strong number of season ticket holders and fans from the Miami Valley, and we’ll need them again this year to sell out Paul Brown Stadium and make the Jungle loud for our players. We are very pleased to offer Valley fans a convenient opportunity to watch the team up close as it prepares for the season.”
The practice will begin at 5:30 p.m. and is free to all fans with no passes needed.
Because the road leading to Springboro High School is the two-lane Ohio 741, fans are encouraged to arrive early. Parking will cost $5, with the proceeds going to the school.
Prior to the start of practice, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and the players will visit with the Springboro varsity football team.
“We like the opportunity to change things up, so meeting with the local high school team, then practicing in a first-class facility in front of our fans in the Dayton area, will make for a terrific day of training camp,” Lewis said.
The last official day of training camp is Aug. 15, so the Aug. 19 practice at Springboro will be the last chance for fans to see the team practice before it opens the regular season Sept. 8 in Chicago.
The idea to bring the Bengals back to the Dayton area was spearheaded by State Senator Shannon Jones, who represents parts of Hamilton County and the southern part of the Miami Valley, including Springboro.
A Bengals season-ticket holder, Jones wrote a letter of invitation to the team because she said she wants to give the fans in her district and region a chance to see the Bengals in person.
“After seeing the great success of prior team practices in the Dayton area and sensing a lot of enthusiasm for the coming season, it seemed like the perfect time for the Bengals to come back,” Jones said. “And Springboro’s new facility will accommodate the Bengals football needs very well.”
Stadium capacity is 5,000 bleacher seats, plus additional room for fans to stand along the sidelines.
Training Camp Schedule
Tuesday: Off day
Today: 3-5 p.m. on practice fields
Thursday: 6-8 p.m. inside Paul Brown Stadium
Friday: 3-5 p.m. on practice fields
Saturday: Off day
Sunday: 2-3 p.m. on practice fields