Paul Brown Stadium

Paul Brown Stadium
"The Jungle"
"P.B.S."
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June 2017
Paul Brown Stadium is located in the US
Paul Brown Stadium
Paul Brown Stadium
Paul Brown Stadium is located in Ohio
Paul Brown Stadium
Paul Brown Stadium
Location in the United States and Ohio
Address 1 Paul Brown Stadium
Location Cincinnati, Ohio
Coordinates 39°05′42″N 84°30′58″W / 39°05′42″N 84°30′58″W / 39.095; -84.516
Owner Hamilton County, Ohio
Operator Cincinnati Bengals
Executive suites 114
Capacity 65,515 [1]
Surface UBU Speed Series S5-M Synthetic Turf (2012–present)
FieldTurf (2004–2012)
Natural grass (2000–2003)
Construction
Broke ground April 25, 1998 [2]
Opened August 19, 2000
17 years ago
Construction cost $455 million
($633 million in 2016 dollars [3])
Architect NBBJ [4]
Glaser Associates Inc. [4]
Moody/Nolan Ltd. Inc. [4]
Stallworth Architecture Inc. [4]
Project manager Getz Ventures [5]
Structural engineer Ove Arup/Graham,
Obermeyer [4]
Services engineer Flack & Kurtz, Inc. [4]
General contractor TBMD Joint Venture ( Turner/Barton Malow/D.A.G.) [4]
Tenants
Cincinnati Bengals ( NFL) (2000–present)
Cincinnati Bearcats ( NCAA) (2014)

Paul Brown Stadium is an outdoor football stadium in the north central United States, located in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the home venue of the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League and opened on August 19, 2000. Named after the Bengals' founder Paul Brown, the stadium is located on approximately 22 acres (8.9 ha) of land and has a listed seating capacity of 65,515. Paul Brown Stadium is nicknamed "The Jungle," an allusion not only to the namesake Bengal tiger's natural habitat, but also the Guns N' Roses song " Welcome to the Jungle".

History

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 the Major League Baseball Cincinnati Reds. [6] Previously the Bengals and the Reds shared tenancy of Riverfront Stadium (Cinergy Field), but both teams complained that the aging multipurpose facility lacked modern amenities and other things necessary for small-market teams to survive. Paul Brown Stadium was built first to the west; after the Bengals moved, Cinergy Field installed natural grass and was partially demolished to allow construction of adjacent Great American Ball Park to the east. Following the 2002 baseball season, Cinergy was demolished on December 29. [7] The Bengals have hosted four NFL playoff games at Paul Brown Stadium, with no victories.

For its first four years the field was natural Kentucky Bluegrass, but maintenance problems arose, and at one point it was rated as the third-worst field in the league. [8] Hamilton County explored other options and chose the synthetic FieldTurf system. [9] The infilled artificial turf looks and feels like real grass and, since the field markings are sewn into the fabric, repainting between games is unnecessary. The reduced maintenance saves the county approximately US$100,000 annually[ citation needed]. Additionally, it opens Paul Brown Stadium to other uses without worry of damage to the turf. The FieldTurf was installed for the 2004 season. The field is one of only two stadiums in the NFL to have "five miles of piping" running under the field to keep the rubber inlays heated. [10]

Two LED video displays at either end zone, installed in 2000, provide a good view of the on-field action for every spectator. Over 200 feet of ribbon display were installed along the fascia of the stadium. [11]