Bengals fans answer the call to buy tickets

AP

Six of seven home games played by the Bengals have been blacked out in Cincinnati this year.  The lone exception came when plenty of Steelers fans made the drive from Pittsburgh to help fill the chronically empty seats.

With a win-and-in game on Sunday against the Ravens, Bengals fans realize that there’s good reason to buy tickets to the regular-season finale.

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that fans lined up outside the stadium to buy tickets on Monday, with some waiting more than two hours in line.  Sales apparently were buoyed by the buy-one, get-one-free offer to the team’s season-ticket holders.

“The response has been tremendous. I think there’s a lot of excitement about this Sunday’s game,” director of sales and public affairs Jeff Berding told Reedy, who writes that roughly 2,000 total tickets were sold during the first few hours of the promotion.

Coach Marvin Lewis has joined the effort to persuade fans to buy tickets and lift the blackout.  “I think people that haven’t seen us play in person will have a good time,” Lewis said.  “It will be a good football game.  We are playing a very good football team.”

At Saturday’s game against a pretty good Cardinals team, only 41,273 showed up — the third smallest crowd in Paul Brown Stadium history.  For the season, the team is averaging only 72 percent capacity.

We can only imagine how sparse the crowd would be on Sunday if the Bengals weren’t 9-6.

And while the economy can be blamed for the sudden shift away from the team’s turnstiles, plenty of fans point to their ongoing disdain for owner Mike Brown, who is perceived as being either unwilling or unable to attract the kind of high-end talent that could create a consistent winner in Cincinnati.

76 responses to “Bengals fans answer the call to buy tickets

  1. We’re not upset at Mike Brown re: attracting talent. We had a great draft and have some great young players. We’re upset at him for the horrible stadium lease which basically bilks the city, for not building a practice facility, for not hiring a GM, and instead collecting a huge GM salary for himself. We love the players. But Brown’s actions last year when Carson left, plus being named the worst sports franchise, plus his bilking of the city, have caused him to lose a portion of the fans. He always says winning seasons bring the fans back, but he was proved wrong on that this year. He needs to change his money grubbing ways.

  2. I once waited an hour in line to get into a bar to watch the Packers. And these people call themselves fans…

  3. ITs not hardocre, the 2 for 1 is what made them come. Its the only way I ever would show up for an NFL game, considering the ticket prices are outrageously high. The only time I go to an NFL game is when I get the tickets for free(meaning someone else pays for them) otherwise screw going to the games. And this coming from a former season ticket holder who decided he had been ripped off long enough on season tickets when they doubled the price of them, then decided to instead go to the PSL system. Screw attending games live.

  4. Yep still the bungles. This division is about steelers and Ravens. Sorry bungles your just not good enough , and you have a ginger at qb so good luck being 3rd best

  5. Wow, as sad as those numbers are, I have to wonder if they’d be any better if the Bengals had a shot to win the division and get a home playoff game. What would the organization do if they failed to sell out a playoff game?

  6. I think if the cameras pan the stadium (which they probably will avoid), you will see a very large purple continent of fans. Many of the tickets are being sold to Ravens Fans. 🙂

    Merry Christmas Cinci, we wanted you all to be able to see the game on TV.

  7. 2 for 1 and they only sold 2,000 tickets. The Ravens sold 2 games worth playoff tickets, with a premium added to the normal per game season ticket price, in less than 10 days from receipt of invoice to date due, all around the holidays. It really sounds like Bengals fans are fed up with their managment in a big way, solid drafting and good coaching notwithstanding.

  8. “Yep still the bungles. This division is about steelers and Ravens. Sorry bungles your just not good enough , and you have a ginger at qb so good luck being 3rd best”

    in a division where we may end up 3rd best at 10-6…I’d say its more of a great division than a poor team…

    that and since when does hair color have to do with anything?

  9. I’m not even a Bengals fan but I am rooting for them. I like it when “big stars” like Carson Palmer and Chad Ochocinco find out just how replaceable they are.
    Fact is, the Bengals are far better off without both of them.

  10. They lined up to buy one, get one free to sell them online at a profit to the Steeler fans who can’t get a ticket to the game in Cleveland on Sunday.

    Cincy will be Black and Gold again on Sunday, as the Terrible Towel waves for the Bengals to beat the Ravens. The Pittsburgh newspapers are already promoting it to the fans. Pretty funny stuff!

  11. Re: The Steelers buying tickets to the game. I watched that one TV and the upperdeck was still pretty empty.

    Everyone says if you want change then show ownership by not showing up to games. The Bengals have shown this theory to be complete crap. The team plays on and things don’t change sellout or not. Valient effort but sorry Bengals fans because if Mike Brown hasn’t changed yet, he’s not going to. Even if he decides to build a practice facility.

    And let’s face it, how many big time players say they want to play for the Browns, Bengals, Cavaliers, Indians, or Reds? Not a knock on the franchises but there are just certain places today that high priced talent does not want to go regardless of how much you’ll pay them. Baltimore (my city) is the same way. The Orioles will never be a place high priced free agents want to go no matter how much you throw at them. Football is a little different as the pay structure is not nearly as lucrative as NBA/MLB.

  12. Bengals fans still aren’t sure what they bought. They just know they got two of them for the price of one.

    They have more in common with their team’s owner than they thought.

  13. no steeler fans made the trek from Penn, they live in Ohio and jumped on the bandwagon when they could in the 90’s and call themselves fans. most steeler fans haven’t even been to Pittsburgh. As far as LA goes, I think an organization or two has tried that? Who dey!!? maybe the refs won’t help out Baltimore’s cause so much this time!

  14. theravens1 says:Dec 27, 2011 10:05 AM

    I think if the cameras pan the stadium (which they probably will avoid), you will see a very large purple continent of fans. Many of the tickets are being sold to Ravens Fans.

    Merry Christmas Cinci, we wanted you all to be able to see the game on TV.
    ——————————————————–
    Your going to see alot of black and gold . From Steelers fans that coudn’t get tickets for the SOLD OUT Steelers game

  15. All the bengals haters… These are a bunch of young players Pitt and Balt its Cincy’s time to shine! Who Dey

  16. BonnieBengal hit the nail on the head.

    The fan base in any city is a finite number. And in a small market like Cincinnati that number is not very large to begin with. Today’s sports fan is much more sophisticated and has so much information available to them (thank you Mr. Internet!) that they know when an owner is serious about winning.

    Brown Junior has been exposed (fairly if you ask me) as nothing more than a lucky winner in the sperm lottery. Someone who would more likely be a locker room attendant than an owner had qualifications trumped primogeniture there in Bengal land.

    If they sell out this weekend, it won’t change the bottom line about this time and it’s “ownership”.

  17. there must be some economic model within the constructs of the NFL where 41 thousand people willing to shell out between 50 to 150 dollars for an afternoon’s entertainment is considered a success and not a failure.

  18. why not send the bengals to st. louis and the rams to los angeles. it makes sense with realignment and move someone else to cinci with an ownwer that they can back. jags? with nike comming every on gets sick uniforms a team they can back and l.a. gets to wash out a franchise and recreate their own identity.

  19. steeler fans buying tickets for the Ravens and Bengals game???? I guess since they didnt see their team beat the Ravens they would go to see if Cincy could……

  20. I would be pretty mad if I paid full price for my seat to this Sunday’s game and find myself sitting behind a fellow who paid 1/2 what I paid.

    Season ticket holders will certainly remember this in the years to follow.

  21. “And let’s face it, how many big time players say they want to play for the Browns, Bengals, Cavaliers, Indians, or Reds? Not a knock on the franchises but there are just certain places today that high priced talent does not want to go regardless of how much you’ll pay them. ” <– except that is false if the city has a tradition of winning. Green Bay in the 1980's was a crappy team, but ownership decided in the early 1990's to start trying to build a decent team and suddenly they started winning, and then suddenly big name players were willing to go play for Green Bay, and thats the smallest market in the NFL. Even today, college players who have never seen snow or been in temperatures below 60 degrees would love to be drafted by Green Bay to play for them. If Cincinnati really wanted to be able to lure fans to the games each week, all they have to do is WIN and WIN consistently. I don't blame the fans for refusing to go to the games, because this is what, only the third time in 20 years they won 9 games a year? thats pathetic. If the Bengals constantly won 9-11 games a year for 3-4 years in a row, they would have sell out after sell out year after year, just like other teams who continually win do. You think Pittsburgh fans would sell out their stadium if they went 1-15, 3-13, 9-7, 7-9, 5-11 overa 5 year stretch? Hell no they wouldn't. Look at Indianapolis, who always sold out, until this year. Ticket prices had no cause of their attendance drop, the 0-13 start was the reason for the low attendance. But next year, I bet they sell out every game when either Luck or Peyton is behind center though and the team is winning again.

  22. Ever notice how lame and annoying Ravens fans are? They remind of the bikers from an episode of South Park, just making loud noises bc attention is not being given to them. Purple fairies and their false sense of confidence.. Rember you havent dont ANYTHING since 2000. NOTHING of any importance.

    Sincerely,

    Steeler fan

  23. This is really a shame that an NFL organization, fighting for a playoff birth against a division rival, would have to stoop to a buy 1 get 1 promotion. It’s not only a reflection on a poorly run team, but the fans who populate the stadium.

  24. In addition to buy one get one free, how about an option for fans who dont have a buddy to go with to get a discounted ticket? LIke 25% off plus a free concession item?

  25. I couldn’t believe how empty the place was the past week. It reminded me of Yankee Stadium. Crazy.

  26. joshh967-Actually its the Steelers division. They are the bullies. The Ravens and Bengals match up well when they play. They are more like a rivalry. The Steelers are going to win the division because Cincy is gonna beat Baltimore this Sunday. The last time the Ravens won at PBS was in 2008.LOL!

  27. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for this conversation:

    Jeff Berding (Director of sales and public affairs): Mr. Brown, we have an idea, sell tickets for Buy one Get one Free!

    Mike Brown: Wait a minute, Buy one Get one what?

    JB: Free

    MB: Sorry, I didn’t understand that word

    JB: Free, say it with me now…

    MB: Someone get security and have this clown escorted out of the building…

  28. And while the economy can be blamed for the sudden shift away from the team’s turnstiles, plenty of fans point to their ongoing disdain for owner Mike Brown, who is perceived as being either unwilling or unable to attract the kind of high-end talent that could create a consistent winner in Cincinnati.

    Thank you for FINALLY acknowledging this.

    Comes down to this:

    12 year old son: “Dad can we go to the Bengals game? They might make the playoffs.”

    Who is going to turn that down?

    Be sure to wear that flak jacket though kid… this is the Ravens we’re talking about and some of their fans are going to be there.

  29. Why does little Timmy Tebow have to be brought up in every discussion? The dude is a good kid I get it but that doesn’t make him a good quarterback folks!!! His numbers are DEPLORABLE!!!! It’s a nice story but one that won’t be told for long, as far as the Bengals are concerned, sad! Cowboys stadium sells out for high school games!!!

  30. @ mikeh3775

    Just look at the Raiders, these last seven years we’ve struggled to sell tickets and now this year we might sell out all eight of our home games since…gosh I don’t even remember the last time we did that.

    Now some of the games you can tell ownership bought the remaining tickets, but thats a pretty smart strategy because then fans can see their team on tv and decide “Hey these guys are playing pretty good I should start going to more games”. Too bad Mike Brown is too cheap/not smart enough to buy the Bengals remaining tickets.

  31. For as much greif as mn gets for not supporting the corporate welfare for zigi to build a stadium. We still go to games! Even at 2-9, 10, 11, 12…. We still go to games… Cincy is lame.

  32. .

    Weeks ago I was given some sound advice from an ardent, but astute Steelers fan ; ” don’t overlook the Bengals …it’s not the same team. ”

    true that

    .

  33. Six of seven home games played by the Bengals have been blacked out in Cincinnati this year. The lone exception came when plenty of Steelers fans made the drive from Pittsburgh to help fill the chronically empty seats.
    _________________________________
    That goes to my point about the “this team travel wells” nonsense. If people really think that all those steeler fans really come from PA, they are crazy. Take Tampa for example from a few years back when the steelers played at the bucs, that place was black and yellow everywhere but your telling me that all those folks came from PA? uhhh no

  34. “wtf2812 says:
    Dec 27, 2011 10:00 AM
    I wonder how many of those fans who waited in line drove from Baltimore???”

    None. The BOGO offer is for Bengals season ticket holders only.

  35. “This is really a shame that an NFL organization, fighting for a playoff birth against a division rival, would have to stoop to a buy 1 get 1 promotion. It’s not only a reflection on a poorly run team, but the fans who populate the stadium.”

    This is a dumb comment. The price point for the tickets is way to high in this market – no shame in actually doing some marketing/promotion.. which is typically a foreign concept for the Bengals.

    More importantly, I think it’s more a reflection of the fan base that ownership doesn’t even need to have the stadium full to succeed… the tax payers in Cincy have rewarded the team with the most favorable & lucrative stadium deal in the history of professional sports. In my mind that shows a commitment that few other markets are willing to make… that and 57 straight sell-outs through the end of last year even though the team hasn’t won a playoff game since 1990.

  36. Why does a winning season not bring out the fans? As a lifelong Bengals fan, I can help you understand why the fans have not turned out. As a Bengals fan, you are always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Our team has a rich history of something positive followed up by something horrible.

    Recent history: 2005 we go 11-5 and our QB has his knee wiped out by the Steelers on the very first offensive play. 2006, do we followup with another winning season, nope we go 8-8.

    2009, we go 10-6 and sweep the AFC North, but then lose horribly to the Jets in first round of playoffs. The next year we go 4-12.

    So, this season is surprising, but we are all waiting for the other shoe to drop next season. Will Mike Brown be able to retain Mike Zimmer and Jay Gruden? Will he stay out of the way when we make our draft picks? Will he expand our anemic scouting department? Will we ever get a GM? Will he allow the locker room to be completely cleansed of trouble makers, bad players and non-team players….apologies to Benson and Caldwell.

    If Mike Brown wants us to show up for games, he should know that marketing gimmicks are poor substitutes for a consistently winning team.

  37. @Kuta82

    So you’re saying that the Ravens haven’t won at PBS in, oh my god, 2 games? Well that sounds like a real losing streak if you ask me. You should’ve at least mentioned how the Bengals beat the Ravens I think 8 of the last 9 meetings leading into this season. That would’ve given your argument a little legitimacy. Before you get on your high horse, no one in the AFCN is really lighting up the scoreboard recently so I wouldn’t claim this game to be a win for the Ravens or the Bengals. This could be a game where no matter how bad both teams could possibly play, one team still has to win (or tie).

    As for the “winners sell tickets” arguement, the Bengals had an awful year last year but have been pretty respecitible the last couple of years and hasn’t fan support been mediocre at best (legit question)? You shouldn’t have to rely on the team for 2-for-1 promotions to sell tickets for a winning season if winning is all it takes to draw fans. So you have to win 2 seasons in a row to bring back fans? I’m not trying to crap on the franchise but I’d bet if you were competitive 3 seasons in a row the team would still struggle to draw fans. And with the parody in football, that’s usually all you get, minus a few teams like Pats/Steelers.

  38. @palinforpresidentofnorthkorea

    first off your a social liberal from what i can tell from your username so enjoy your spiteful existence in this world. my masters from Duquesne University would speak well of my education. As would my financial stability in this devestated economy. If there is something I said that wasnt accurate in my statement please tell me. I would happily fix that mistake. Until then take your average insults and feminine mentality out of here.

  39. Just to calm the Steeler fans a little bit, they couldn’t give away tix for last week’s game with Rams on Christmas Eve. Had someone in my office offer two tix for free to that game. They’re all sold of course but the secondary market in Pittsburgh jumped the shark last week. All in all they had more than 5,000 no shows at Heinz Field, one of the smallest venues in the NFL. It’s easy for fans of any team say they are a great fan when they buy tickets to only one game. It’s another to buy them for all ten plus SHOW UP. If you’re say you’re a Steeler fan and don’t have season tickets nor a PSL at Heinz Field, then you should keep your trap shut about fans in other cities.

  40. One other thing, Cincinnati has had great tv ratings this year, of course on the road, so they do have a fanbase contrary to some idiots on this board.
    And to the Cowboy fan, uh yeah but do the Cowboys fill Cowboys Stadium with COWBOY fans for their games? Saw a lot of Eagles flying in Arlington last Saturday.

  41. get real nflfan1326 all that is ever posted on here is about bandwagon Steeler fans. Apparently there are no real Steeler fans left in the world according to 90% of posters on here. And you know what man youre absolutely right with your post. I was offered free tix and turned them down. Want to know why? BC i value time with my family on a holiday, than time with egotistical athletes. Id much rather spend time with those who raised me than those I watch on television.

  42. The Bengals sold out all of their games from 2003-2010. All of the sudden they’re “bad fans”?

    Also, I get a kick out of alot of you other “fans” who are criticizing Bengal fans for “not supporting” a team that just clinched it’s 3rd winning season in 21 years.

    All you have to do is have a .500 season for and your star QB have an off year and you’re in complete meltdown.

    Go sit through 15 losing seasons in a row and get back to us.

    (P.S. for good measure for those that don’t know any better, season tickets dictate attendance before the season starts. So for the team who went 4-12, just had their franchise QB quit and was voted worst sports team in sports, it didn’t go over so well.)

  43. I think if they want a sell out crowd then the owners ,players, and coaches should buy the remaining tickets and give them away! by the way I would take a few!

  44. “ottograham says: Dec 27, 2011 2:04 PM

    @palinforpresidentofnorthkorea

    first off your a social liberal from what i can tell from your username so enjoy your spiteful existence in this world. my masters from Duquesne University would speak well of my education. As would my financial stability in this devestated economy. If there is something I said that wasnt accurate in my statement please tell me. I would happily fix that mistake. Until then take your average insults and feminine mentality out of here.”

    ~~~~

    Read your post carefully then ask for your money back from Duquesne.

  45. Bengals fans are in a stand off against Mike Brown, we love our bengals but Brown ruins players, we don’t wanna see it happen to Dalton and Green and all the other guys who gave us this amazing season.

  46. It was just declared a sellout.
    Bengal fans came through.
    The whole thing about staying away from pbs has to do with people who live in hamilton county
    (where pbs is) are being asked to ante up more tax money to pay for pbs.

  47. All you non bengal fans should stick to your own teams boards…since you don’t have a clue what you are talking about !

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