The pads will stay packed until the Aug. 19 preseason home opener, but array of past Bengals stars will gather two days before that to participate in the first football game on the field at Paul Brown Stadium.
At 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz will headline the roster for the Bengals Alumni Flag Football Game. The contest will be part of the festivities during the First Fans Sneak Preview, which offers Bengals season ticket holders the chance to see their seats and otherwise get familiar with the fan areas of the stadium.
Bob Johnson and Isaac Curtis will serve as coaches for the flag football game. Louis Breeden will be the referee, and other ex-players scheduled to play include Jim Breech, Mike Martin, Tim McGee and Max Montoya.
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This is an appropriate way to help honor our team history as we move into the new stadium, said Bengals president Mike Brown. We wanted to give our former players the opportunity to be the first to play a game on the field. It should be fun for the fans, and it's another way to honor our season ticket holders for their loyal support.
Tickets for the First Fans Sneak Preview, which will run from 7-10 p.m., will be mailed to all season ticket holders in July.
The First Fans Sneak Preview will be open to season ticket holders only. The general public will have a chance to tour the stadium the day before -- Wed., Aug. 16 -- during an Open House that will include the chance to tour stadium areas not normally open to fans.
The Bengals' home preseason opener will be played on Sat., Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. against the Chicago Bears.