Paycor Stadium, previously known as Paul Brown Stadium, is an outdoor football stadium located in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the home venue of the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL) and opened on August 19th, 2000. Originally named after the Bengals’ founder, Paul Brown, the stadium is located on approximately 22 acres of land and has a listed seating capacity of 65,515.

In 1996, Hamilton County voters passed a one-half percent sales tax increase to fund the building of two new home venues for both the Bengals and MLB’s Cincinnati Reds. The Bengals and the Reds previously shared tenancy of Riverfront Stadium, later known as Cinergy Field, but both teams complained that the aging multipurpose facility lacked modern amenities and other things necessary for small-market teams to thrive and survive.

Construction of the replacements for Cinergy Field began with the ground-breaking for the then-Paul Brown Stadium in 1998; the stadium was completed in time for the 2000 NFL season and opened in August of that year.

Cincinnati Bengals Paycor Stadium
Cincinnati Transit Map

How to to Cincinnati

The nearest international airport is Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) which is 26 miles from the Paycor Stadium. There are limited direct flight options from London, with a flight time of 8-9 hours. Alternatively, you could select a flight with a layover and use Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport (LUK) which is only 7 miles from the stadium.

If you are already in the US and looking to travel to/from Cincinnati, then you have the choice of most US domestic airlines including Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, Frontier Airlines, Jet Blue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airways and WestJet.

Public Transport

There are several options for public transportation around Paycor Stadium. The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) operates buses from Northern Kentucky to stops convenient to Paycor Stadium. You can catch the Southbank Shuttle to/from areas along the Covington and Newport riverfronts on gameday for $1, with service every 15 minutes. Additionally, several local busing companies offer round trip transportation to Paycor Stadium from designated locations throughout the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.

You could also make use of apps such as Moovit to get directions to the arena using public transportation. Rideshare services such as Uber or Lyft are also available in the vicinity.

Cincinnati Airport

Staying in Cincinnati

Paycor Stadium is in the Central Business District. It is a vibrant area and the heart of the action in Downtown Cincinnati. You can catch a Broadway show at the Aronoff Center, visit a modern art exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center, or relax at Lytle Park, right across from the Taft Museum of Art. Vibrant public spaces like Fountain Square bring people, cultures, and entertainment together with live music, food trucks and other events.

Beyond the Airbnb and Sonder options there are many hotels nearby to suit all budgets, which can be booked directly or via one of the hotel reservation booking sites.

Cincinnati Bengals Tickets

The Cincinnati Bengals sell their tickets via Ticketmaster.

Ticketmaster is the official ticket outlet for the NFL.

For most teams, Ticketmaster sells tickets on behalf of the team and resells tickets on behalf of ticket sellers. You can tell the difference on the site as the Blue dots are tickets from the team themselves, and the pink dots are from verified sellers.

Here are links to the main ticket resale sites. Click on the link, which will open up a new window, and you can compare the prices on the different ticket resell sites, bearing in mind that the prices shown may have further selling platform fees added, so take time to read my tips to Buying Tickets in North America.

I recommend downloading the team’s Mobile App to your phone as it contains much Gameday information for the stadium.

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