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Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:11 pm
 
One of few loyal fans in Cincy these days. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The Bengals have been one of the best stories of 2011, winning enough games so far to set them up for a win-and-they're-in situation against the Ravens in Week 17. (As noted at our playoff scenario home, Cincy's in if the Jets and Raiders both lose too.) But not enough people are taking notice, and Cincy's still struggling to fill Paul Brown Stadium.

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To make up for the woeful attendance (and to avoid a local blackout), the Bengals are offering a buy-one, get-one free ticket special between now and Sunday's game, an unheard of special for an NFL game. Oh, and the players are begging the fans to show up too.

"I just want to thank the fans who were out there today,” defensive lineman Domata Peko said, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. "We really felt you guys out there, and that helped us out big time. I really want to encourage all of the Cincinnati fans to come out and cheer us on as we try to make the playoffs."

You can't really blame the Bengals, though. On October 2, 41,142 people showed up to see Cincy play the Bills and it was the smallest crowd in regular-season history for the stadium. That was the third time in 2011 there were less than 42,000 folks at Paul Brown, including this past Saturday, when only 41,273 people showed up despite the Bengals battling for the playoffs.

Here's an alternate suggestion if the sale doesn't work out: just have Jerome Simpson do flips into the end zone at halftime.

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Comments

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:29 pm
 

Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

Sorry . BENGALS



Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:26 pm
 

Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

Here's a great idea . You want to fill your stadium ,give the Steeler fans an invite to your game . The Cleveland stadum will be sold out because of all the Pittsburgh fans traveling across the state line . Your game means just as much to us as the Browns game . We can travel down there just as we did for our game . We will cheer louder and longer for the Bengles than any Cincy fan will . GOOOOOO BENGLES !!



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

That was me and your point about metro areas is a good one.   
The numbers I quoted were from US Census city populations and Cincinnati, Tulsa and Fresno were all about 350, 000.  
The Metro area is admittedly a better measure --- although I have no clue how standardized those areas are defined. 



Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

Bengals Fan in CA: How often to they get this chance?  I would think all the locals would turn out in force; I would.



Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:10 pm
 

Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

I'm a lifelong Bengals fan in central NY state, and 2-for-1 is quite attractive. Problem is that I live 9 hours away and just got laid off by local government after 12 years. Yet, I am still considering going....maybe sell off some assets for the trip this weekend. Yes, it's important! Fill the stadium, yell and scream, disrupt the Ravens offense and maybe make the playoffs. This is essentially a playoff game....win and play on, lose and likely go home. It's not about Mike Brown right now. It's about cheering for a team who may make it through a round or two inthe playoffs. Who doesn't believe the Bengals can take Houston if they meet again? Now, if Mike Brown will send me some tix and transportation to get me there....Or I can watch on TV, but it won't be as loud.



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:12 pm
 

Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

cincy is on the small side for pro sports towns, but whoever said fresno and tulsa are comparable was a bit off.   cincy is the 27th largest metro area in the U.S.   fresno and tulsa are in the 50s if I am not mistaken.  That jacksonville fan who said that they fill a larger stadium despite a smaller metro area was correct.   jacksonville is the in the late 30s with a metro are population of about 1.3 million.  cincy has 2.2.




Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:05 pm
 

Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

They are not going to L.A.   The stadium was funded largely by taxpayer dollars.  It is owned by Hamilton County.  Brown and his Bengals are essentially renters.   They signed a very long lease recently.  I suppose he could try to break the lease, but I doubt it.  Would be a legal mess.   The ole guy should put his daughter in charge and also high a G.M.   Draft some offensive line, a corner, and with the Dalton-Green combo this team already has, the good D line as well, we are looking at a very very good team next season.



Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:12 pm
 

Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

LOL



Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 11:56 am
 

Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

We must have been writing the same comment at the same time. I made same point.



Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 11:55 am
 

Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

The Packers had a similar long drought though not as recently. Packer fans still filled the stadium every week. The Cincy fans in making a "statement" may find that they no longer have a team but the LA Bengals will go on.
Remeber fans the NFL is desperately looking for a team in LA. Currently the talk is Jacksonville, Buffalo, and Minnesota. Are you adding your names to the list?


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