Bengals draw criticism for charging $10 for pep rally

With the Bengals holding their training camp in Cincinnati for the first time, the club decided it’d be nice to offer a pep rally to its most loyal fans. Hopefully, though, those fans read the fine print. The part where it says they’ll be charged $10 per ticket to the event, $5 for parking and “reduced price” food concessions.

Naturally, this has caused hand-wringing on at least one fan website. Who Dey Revolution -- which, as you might have guessed, usually blasts the Bengals -- used the letter to rip the team to shreds.

I won’t do that here. Instead, I’ll post the letter and see if you think it’s fair.

With training camp coming to Cincinnati for the first time, the Bengals are hosting a special event and inviting all of our season ticket holders for what promises to be a fun evening.

On Thursday, July 26, the Bengals will kick off training camp with a pep rally with the entire Bengals team, followed by a concert and fireworks show.

Paul Brown Stadium gates will open at 6 p.m., and alumni players will be on hand for autographs. The Pep Rally will begin at 7 p.m. and feature comments from Head Coach Marvin Lewis and players, along with player introductions.

After the players depart for their first meeting of training camp, beginning at around 8 p.m., the local band DV8 will perform rock and pop hits for 90 minutes. The event will conclude with a fireworks show beginning at around 9:45 p.m.

Due to the Macy’s Music Festival beginning on Friday the 27th, the stadium will be set up in concert mode with a stage on the field facing the east sideline. General admission seating will be available for this event on the field, as well as on the sideline levels. Season ticket holders can purchase an unlimited number of tickets to the Pep Rally.

Tickets for this Pep Rally & Concert are $10.

The entire stadium is not available due to the concert set up, so capacity is limited and tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is our hope that we fill up our capacity by getting a good response from season ticket holders who are excited by this fun, first-time event.

Tickets will be mailed to you after purchase. Parking in the Mehring Way Lots (Lots D, E & F) will be available at a cost of $5 per vehicle. ARAMARK will have concessions available at reduced prices.

We look forward to a great training camp followed by a winning season. We appreciate your support, and hope to see you at the Pep Rally & Concert.

In response to the criticism, Bengals spokesman Jeff Berding told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the event will cost the team “north of six figures” and that the ticket price was simply to help the team with the expense.

“I think most people think this is a pretty neat thing,” Berding said.

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