Training camp nears
It's a typical first week of July at Paul Brown Stadium this week. The Bengals players are enjoying their time off while they still have it, the coaches are still on vacation, and the team's offices are relatively quiet as they prepare shut down temporarily for the July 4th holiday.
When the coaching staff returns for duty on Monday, however, the pace around the stadium will pick up significantly in preparation for the team's 2001 training camp, which at that point will be less than two weeks away. Essentially, the 2001 season begins.
Bengals players report on Friday, July 20 to this year's installment of training camp, the team's fifth at Georgetown (Ky.) College. The first practice day will be Saturday, July 21.
"This is one of my favorite times of the year – when things really start gearing up for the season," said Jim Lippincott, the Bengals' director of pro and college personnel. "Watching practice and evaluating our talent is something I enjoy being a part of, especially those first few days at training camp because it's the first opportunity to see the new team we've assembled with the pads on. This year particularly, because I think we've done a good job this off-season in upgrading our team with new quality coaches and new quality players. I'm excited. We all are."
Bengals fans are invited to also watch team practices at Georgetown College, and numerous other attractions at the Georgetown College facility will make a visit truly enjoyable. The day-to-day 2001 training camp schedule hasn't been finalized yet, but here is some information to help make plans:....
Preseason Game 1 at Chicago on Aug. 4
Preseason Game 2 at Detroit on Aug. 10
Bye weekend Aug. 17/18
Preseason Game 3 vs. Buffalo on Aug. 25
Preseason Game 4 vs. Indianapolis on Aug. 30.
DIRECTIONS TO TRAINING CAMP @ GEORGETOWN COLLEGE:* From downtown Cincinnati, take I-75 South approximately 70 miles to exit 126. Turn right off ramp onto U.S. 460 West. Go through four traffic lights; turn right at the fifth traffic light onto Lemons Mill Rd. (Route 1962 West). Go about one-half mile and look for the large Bengals sign and driveway to the complex on the right. *
PARKING:*$5 per car, $25 per bus. *
OTHER ATTRACTIONS AT TRAINING CAMP:*FanFest, with "Experience the NFL" inflatables, Ferris wheel, super slide and video arcade. Bengals/Georgetown College Pro Shop. Evening practices, TBA. Fireworks night, TBA. Food and refreshments. *