Welcome To The Jungle, We’ve Got Fun, and Games
Paycor Stadium is the home of the Cincinnati Bengals of the AFC North division. They’ve donned orange and black under Paycor’s lights since 2000.
Seating 65,515 fans, the venue is also known as “The Jungle”, which is inspired by the team’s unofficial anthem, Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle”. The song is played before every home game, causing the fans to roar and prowl every time it comes on. The stadium also features jungle-themed graphics, banners, and murals to create a vibrant and exciting atmosphere for the fans.
Previously named Paul Brown Stadium in honor of the legendary founder and coach of the Bengals, who shaped the history of American football like no other. Paycor Stadium is a modern and elegant venue with a glass-walled front entrance that welcomes you with a stunning view of the city skyline and the Ohio River. The stadium has three tiers of seats and suites, where you can enjoy the game and the multiple food and drink options.
The stadium has witnessed many memorable moments since it first opened, such as the 2001 and 2015 AFC Wild Card battles, the 2014 NCAA showdown between Cincinnati and Ohio State, and many other sporting event, making it a popular choice for various types of entertainment events in the Cincinnati region.
What is the history of Paycor Stadium?
The idea for a new stadium for the Cincinnati Bengals began to take shape in the 1990s, when discussions emerged about replacing the aging Riverfront Stadium (also known as Cinergy Field), which was the Bengals and the Reds’ previous home. The goal was to create two state-of-the-art facilities (one for each team) that could provide better amenities for fans and players alike. After a one-half percent sales tax increase that the Hamilton County voters passed in 1996 to fund new venues for both the Bengals and the Reds, construction for Paycor Stadium began on April 25, 1998, right next to the old Riverfront Stadium, which was demolished in 2002 after the new Reds stadium, the Great American Ball Park, also located in the same premises, was ready.
The stadium officially opened its doors as Paul Brown Stadium on August 19, 2000, to a preseason game between the Bengals and the Chicago Bears. It kept that name until 2021 when the stadium was renamed Paycor Stadium after a 16-year sponsorship deal with Paycor, a human resources software company based in Cincinnati.
Paycor Stadium Design
Paycor Stadium is also a masterpiece of design, inspired by the Ohio River that flows nearby and the city’s industrial legacy, and it has been acclaimed by architecture critics. The stadium was designed by NBBJ, the same firm that created other sports venues such as Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and T-Mobile Park in Seattle, and it features a sleek and modern look, with a curved facade that resembles a boat’s hull. The stadium also has a turf field and a translucent canopy that shades most of the upper deck seats.
Memorable Sports Moments at Paycor Stadium
Over its 22-year existence, Paul Brown Stadium was the backdrop for numerous unforgettable sporting moments. Here are some of them:
- Corey Dillon’s record-breaking run: On October 22, 2000, Bengals running back Corey Dillon set a new NFL single-game rushing record with 278 yards on 22 carries, breaking Walter Payton’s mark of 275 yards. He also scored two touchdowns, including a 96-yard run that was the longest in Bengals history. The Bengals beat the Denver Broncos 31-21 in front of a stunned crowd. The record is no longer valid as it was broken several times since it happened, but it was quite important at the time.
- Beating The Undefeated Chiefs: On November 16, 2003, the Bengals pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the 2003 season by defeating the Kansas City Chiefs, who were 9-0 and the only unbeaten team in the league. The Bengals, who were 4-5 and had not made the playoffs since 1990, forced six turnovers and scored 17 points off them, led by quarterback Jon Kitna, who threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns. Their defense was relentless, intercepting Chiefs quarterback Trent Green four times and sacking him twice. The Bengals held on to win 24-19, snapping the Chiefs’ winning streak and boosting their confidence.
- The Comeback Kid: On September 27, 2009, the Bengals hosted the defending Super Bowl champions Pittsburgh Steelers in a key divisional matchup. The Bengals trailed 20-9 in the fourth quarter, but quarterback Carson Palmer led them on two touchdown drives, capped by a four-yard pass to Andre Caldwell with 14 seconds left. The Bengals won 23-20 and snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Steelers.
- The Battle of Ohio: On October 25, 2020, the Bengals hosted the Cleveland Browns in a thrilling shootout. The game featured six lead changes and 866 total yards of offense. Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow threw for a career-high 406 yards and three touchdowns. Still, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield outdueled him with 297 yards and five touchdowns, including the game-winner to Donovan Peoples-Jones with 11 seconds left. The Browns won 37-34 in one of the season's most exciting games.
- First Playoff Win in 31 Years: On January 15, 2022, the Bengals ended their 31-year playoff drought by beating the Raiders 26-19 in the Wild Card round of the 2021 NFL playoffs. Joe Burrow threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns, one to C.J. Uzomah and one to Tyler Boyd. The Bengals' defense intercepted Derek Carr twice and sacked him three times. The game was sealed by a fourth-down stop by Jermaine Pratt with 12 seconds left.
Memorable Musical Moments at Paycor Stadium
Paycor Stadium is a popular venue for musical concerts and events in Cincinnati, Ohio. Every year, it is home to the Cincinnati Music Festival (formerly Cincinnati Jazz Festival). It has also hosted many other musical events over the years, featuring some of the biggest names in the industry.
Some of the most important concerts that have taken place in Paycor Stadium are:
- Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw’s “Brothers of the Sun Tour” in 2012
- Luke Bryan’s “Kick The Dust Up Tour” in 2015
- Guns N’ Roses’ “Not In This Lifetime… Tour” in 2016
- Garth Brooks’ “Stadium Tour” in 2022
- Taylor Swift’s “The Eras Tour” in 2023
Amenities at Paycor Stadium
Paycor Stadium has a wide array of amenities to make the fans experience one they’ll never forget. Whether it’s a sports event or a concert, this is what you’ll run into once you visit the stadium:Paycor Stadium offers four types of seating options to accommodate everyone’s budget. These options are:
- Lower Level: The lower level is the closest to the field and has 22 sections on each sideline and 10 sections in each end zone.
- Club Level: The club level is located above the lower level and has 16 sections on each sideline and four sections in each end zone. Club seats offer premium views of the field and the city skyline, as well as access to a climate-controlled club lounge with upscale dining options, televisions, and tables.
- Upper Level: The upper level is the highest and farthest from the field and has 36 sections on each sideline and eight sections in each end zone. The canopy deck is covered by a roof that provides shade and protection from rain.
- Luxury Suites: Paycor Stadium has 114 luxury suites that are located between the lower and club levels on both sides of the field. The suites can accommodate between 12 and 20 guests and offer private seating, catering service, flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, and restrooms.
Pro Shops at Paycor Stadium
The Bengals Pro Shop sells a variety of Bengals merchandise, such as jerseys, apparel, accessories, collectibles, and more. It also features a limited-series retail collection designed by BlaCk OWned OuterWear, a local clothing brand that celebrates Black culture and empowerment. If you are a fan of the Bengals, you will find everything you need to show your support at the Bengals Pro Shop. It is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during NFL season, it is also open on non-gameday Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On game days, the shop opens up 90 minutes before the game kicks off and closes an hour after the final whistle. Just like the rest of the stadium’s facilities, the shop is cashless.Stadium Tours at Paycor Stadium
Paycor Stadium offers both public and private stadium tours between March through mid-July. They can be scheduled starting January of 2024 and they will be conducted from Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In this tour, you’ll get an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at the stadium and visit places like the locker room, the field, the press box, and suites.
Bengals Hall of Fame at Paycor Stadium
The Bengals pay tribute to their three Hall of Fame members at Paycor Stadium:
- Paul Brown: The founder, head coach, and general manager of the Bengals from 1968 to 1991. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967 and is one of the first two members of the Bengals Ring of Honor. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest coaches and innovators in NFL history.
- Anthony Muñoz: The offensive tackle who played for the Bengals from 1980 to 1992. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998 and is one of the first two members of the Bengals Ring of Honor. He is considered one of the best offensive linemen of all time and was an 11-time Pro Bowler and a nine-time All-Pro.
- Ken Riley: The cornerback who played for the Bengals from 1969 to 1983. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2023 and is one of the most recent members of the Bengals Ring of Honor. He is the fifth all-time leader in interceptions with 65 and was a four-time All-Pro.
Accessibility at Paycor Stadium
Paycor Stadium is a modern and accessible venue that offers a variety of options for guests with disabilities or special needs. Accessible Drop-Off/Pickup areas, parking, seating, restrooms, elevators, assistive listening devices, and wheelchair assistance are available for all fans with special requests. Service animals are also allowed in the stadium, while emotional support animals are not allowed.
Concessions at Paycor Stadium: A whole jungle to choose from
The food and drink options at Paycor Stadium are especially crafted to provide a wide selection of local classics and stadium favorites that’ll leave everyone happy. Did you know that Paycor Stadium has one of the cheapest beers in the NFL, with an average price of $5.27 per beer? To pair your beer, you can choose from one of their following signature dishes:
- 3-way Chili: Cincinnati is known for serving chili in a very different way. This local version contains ground beef, tomato paste, spices, and spaghetti, and it is topped generous portion of cheddar cheese. A must-eat while you’re in the Queen City! Find it at Skyline in sections 140, 110, 150, 118, 346, 303, 245 and 205.
- Coneys: Another Cincinnati staple, consisting of a steamed bun cut open and stuffed with beef or sausage, onions, Cincinnati chili, and Cheddar cheese. You can find it at Skyline in sections 140, 110, 150, 118, 346, 303, 245 and 205.
- Glier’s Bratwursts/Mettwursts: In the 1830s, a flock of German immigrants began to arrive in Cincinnati, and after a few decades, the local cuisine started to be heavily influenced by this immigration wave. Sausages are an essential part of the German food pyramid, and you can definitely find them at Paycor Stadium. Pro tip: eat one with a Bavarian Preztel and mustard on the side. Find them at the Go Route in sections 138, 108, 158, and 120.
There are also a variety of signature cocktails to choose from, like the Bengal Bomb (vodka, orange juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine), the Bengal Tiger (bourbon, lemon juice, honey, and ginger beer,), and the Queen City Cooler (gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and club soda). You can find them at Cincinnati Cocktail Co. in sections 131, 132, 148, 154, 101, 104, and 232.
What’s new at Paycor Stadium in 2023?
Fans can look forward to several new and exciting features at Paycor Stadium that will be available for the first home game of the Bengals on September 17. This $20 million renovation includes new stadium signage, banners, and murals that reflect the Bengals’ identity and history, new video boards that wrap around the upper and lower bowls of the stadium, providing better visibility and interactivity for the fans, new themed bars in both east and west sidelines, where fans can enjoy drinks and snacks in a themed atmosphere, upgraded concessions, including self-service kiosks, self-order and pick-up locations, and grab-and-go stands.
Getting to/from Paycor Stadium
Paycor Stadium is located at 1 Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati, OH, and it is accessible from different highways and roads, depending on where you are coming from. Here are some general directions to Paycor Stadium:
- If you're coming from I-75 North or I-71 North, take one of the exits at 2nd or 5th Street in Ohio and follow the traffic police to find your parking spot.
- For those coming from I-75 South, use the Freeman Avenue exit, head south on Freeman Avenue, then turn left on Mehring Way, and follow the signs and traffic police to reach your parking area.
- If you're on I-71 South, take either the Gilbert Avenue/Riverfront Parking exit or the 3rd Street/Downtown Parking exit and follow the signs and traffic police to locate your parking spot.
- For those on I-471, go north to west US 50/I-75, take the 3rd Street exit, head west on 3rd Street, and follow the traffic police to find your parking area.
There are 6 official color-coded parking lots near Paycor Stadium that are available on game day only to season ticket holders: Orange, Yellow, Tan, Purple, Red, and Silver located at the base of the stadium. There are also various third-party parking lots in the area that you must book in advance if you’re visiting. The most popular ones are Hilltop North, Hilltop Lot, Lot 1, Lot A, Lot B, Lot D, Lot E, East Garage, Lot UE, Lot UW, CRG East Garage, CRG Mid Garage, CRG West Garage, and Broadway Lot.
Street parking in the area surrounding Paycor Stadium can be difficult to find and is often subject to various restrictions, making it less convenient for fans attending events at the stadium.
It is also recommended that fans take public transport. Paycor Stadium is easily reachable by taking different buses, like lines 17, 21, 25, 77, and M+.
Tailgating at Paycor Stadium
Tailgating is allowed in all parking areas at Paycor Stadium and you must hold a ticket to access the tailgating areas. Open flames are not allowed in parking garages and although there are no other specific tailgate regulations, fans must abide by the Bengals’ code of conduct.
Open flames are not allowed in parking garages. Lots 1, 1U, A, B, D, E, Hilltop, Hilltop North, and Broadway Lot will be accessible four hours before the game starts. All Bengals parking lots will close two hours after the event ends. For evening events, tailgating must finish by midnight. Fans and their vehicles must leave the parking area when it closes.
If you don’t feel like tailgating by your car, you can enjoy the Pregame at the Banks experience, a unique three-block-long pregame party outside the stadium that takes place before every Bengals home game. It is a fun way to enjoy the game day atmosphere with music, local food and drinks (for purchase), and games. This area features a Bud Light Tailgate Zone with live music from local bands; interactive games, face painting, and a DJ in the Jungle Zone powered by Toyota; the CareSource Play60 area, a space where kids can play football and learn about health and fitness, and many other fun activities.
Unique Traditions at Paycor Stadium
The Bengals use Guns N’ Roses’ song “Welcome to the Jungle” as the team’s unofficial anthem. The song is played before every home game and whenever the Bengals score a touchdown or make a big play.