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Know Before You Go When The Bengals Host The Vikings Opening The 2021 Season

Bengals fans take a picture outside of Paul Brown Stadium ahead of the 2021 home opener against the Vikings.
Bengals fans take a picture outside of Paul Brown Stadium ahead of the 2021 home opener against the Vikings.

The Bengals begin the 2021 regular season hosting the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at 1 p.m. Here is everything fans who are attending the game need to know.


  • Kickoff: 1:05 p.m.
  • Gates open at 11:30 a.m. 
  • Jungle Zone: Naked Karate Girls
  • Honor Guard: Cincinnati Fire Department
  • National Anthem: Juliette Candela
  • Theme Of The Game: NFL Kickoff / Back To Football
  • Halftime: "God Bless America" sang by former CFD Capt. John Winfrey
  • Parking: Lots 1, A, B, D, E & Hilltop open at 9 a.m.; fans can purchase a parking pass ahead of time.

Fifth Third Bank will make gameday a Fifth Third better® with early access at Gate E 30 minutes prior to regular admission when you show your Bengals Debit Card and game ticket.


The Jungle Zone


The Jungle Zone, presented by Bud Light, is moving across the street to the expansive lawn of Andrew J. Brady ICON Music Center. Jungle Zone opens two hours prior to kickoff and features music, food, drinks and games for all ages. Admission is free. Fans can test their arm strength with the QB Blitz toss, meet members of the Stripes Squad and watch the Ben-Gals perform before heading over to the game. Be sure to stop by the Bud Light tent for a chance to win Bud Light giveaways and Bengals game tickets. While you're visiting, throw a few bags in a game of cornhole, and take a picture in front of the Bud Light Bottle Beacon!


Paul Brown Stadium is now cashless. Visitors to the stadium can expect to exclusively use a credit card, debit card or mobile payment for all purchases in the facility. Going cashless allows the stadium to operate more efficiently and effectively as cashless transactions are faster, more secure and reduce wait times to allow fans to get back to the action sooner. The entire stadium will be cashless, including all concession stands and retail locations. Roaming vendors (hawkers) will be equipped with mobile credit card devices to process cashless payments.


Mobile tickets are easier to manage and enable contact-free entry. The Bengals transitioned to mobile ticketing in 2020 and will continue to be fully mobile in 2021.

Fans can access their tickets by downloading the Official Bengals App, which is available for free via the App Store for iPhone users and the Google Play Store for Android users. Instructions on how to access, transfer and scan mobile tickets can be found at


To get fans cheering and engaged before kickoff, there is a new pregame ceremony called the Ruler of The Jungle. The ceremony starts at 12:55 p.m. and is a stadium-wide Who Dey chant led by a Ruler – a Bengals legend, celebrity or super-fan – from a jungle-themed throne. The Ruler of The Jungle for Sunday's game will be Bengals Legend Bob Johnson, who holds two distinct honors in Bengals history: he was the first player ever drafted by the Bengals in 1968, and he is the only Bengals player to officially have his number retired (No. 54).


Fans are encouraged not to bring bags to Paul Brown Stadium. The only bags permitted under the NFL Clear Bag Policy are clear plastic bags (smaller than 12" x 6" x 12") and small clutch purses (smaller than 6.5" x 4.5"). Clear bags are available at the Bengals Pro Shop. For more information, visit


Paul Brown Stadium is a smoke-free facility. This includes cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and any devices that emit smoke. Non-smoking areas include all concourses, bathrooms, seating areas, and stairwells. Fans will be allowed to smoke outside the major exits (gates in A, C, D, E) in a gated area. You will not be exiting the actual stadium so you will not require a ticket, stamp, or pass for re-entry. Please exit the gates into the gated area that states "Smoking Exit."