The Bengals and Dayton Dragons today distributed the final remaining free passes to the Bengals open practice this Sunday (Aug. 22) at Dayton's Welcome Stadium. Fans lined up at the Dragons ticket office this morning to exhaust the supply. No additional passes can be made available for the 11,000-seat facility.
"We're gratified by the response from the Miami Valley," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "We're very happy to be Dayton's team and have the chance to interact with a core portion of our fan base. I know our players will respond to practicing in front of a big crowd."
Gates at Welcome Stadium will open at 2 p.m. Sunday, and practice is scheduled from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
For children 12 years of age and under, Bengals players will be available for a time-limited general autograph opportunity after practice. Fans wishing to take photos are permitted to bring cameras to the practice, but video cameras are not permitted.
The team will practice rain or shine, limited only by lightning. Stadium concession stands will be open during practice. Fans should know that no outside food or beverage can be brought into Welcome Stadium, and no alcohol will be served. Exclusive Bengals Pro Shop merchandise will be available, as will tickets to the eight regular season games at Paul Brown Stadium.
A $10 parking fee per car will be required at Welcome Stadium, benefiting the Dayton Public Schools and Dayton Dragons MVP program.