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Bengals sell out their home opener

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Last year, the Bengals had a hard time filling up Paul Brown Stadium.  This year, they’re starting off with a bang.

The Bengals have sold out their home opener against the Browns, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“I think it’s a huge kickoff to our season at home,” coach Marvin Lewis said.  “To begin the season at home with a sold out game is big.  It’s a big reaction from our fans.”

It comes at a time when 10 of the last 12 home games weren’t sold out.  Despite that trend, the Bengals opted not to take advantage of the new rule that allows teams to reduce the required percentage of non-premium tickets from 100 to as low as 85.

The home opener against the Browns is one of the only soft spots on a schedule that otherwise includes visits from the Steelers, Ravens, Cowboys, Peyton Manning and the Broncos, Eli Manning and the Giants, and Carson Palmer and the Raiders.  The next home game, October 7 against Miami, lost some of its luster when the Dolphins cut former Bengals receiver Chad Johnson.

If the Chargers can sell out their home opener against the Titans (or if the team will buy the remaining non-premium tickets at 34 cents on the dollar), there will be no local blackouts in Week Two, given that the Dolphins have bought up their unsold tickets.

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10 Responses to “Bengals sell out their home opener”
  1. joetoronto says: Sep 14, 2012 10:02 AM

    Awesome.

    Now they can all watch as Andy Dalton tries like hell to throw an accurate long ball.

  2. Earl Westlake says: Sep 14, 2012 10:19 AM

    it sold out because Browns fans bought up the tickets. we are a mentally ill fan base.

  3. brownoholic says: Sep 14, 2012 10:29 AM

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzz. They’ve been selling out home games against the Browns for years. Because of Browns fans. Browns fans are the majority of pro fans in Columbus, just 2 hours north on I-71.

  4. cincyorangenblack says: Sep 14, 2012 10:40 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Sep 14, 2012 10:02 AM
    Awesome.

    Now they can all watch as Andy Dalton tries like hell to throw an accurate long ball.
    ——————————————————
    Actually, I believe he was ranked 10th in DAC last year as a rookie. Not too shabby eh clown?

  5. whodeytn says: Sep 14, 2012 10:54 AM

    Awesome.

    Now they can all watch as Andy Dalton tries like hell to throw an accurate long ball.
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    We laugh at you, not with you.

  6. ytownjoe says: Sep 14, 2012 11:22 AM

    I’ll be there Sunday. Go Browns!

  7. savocabol1 says: Sep 14, 2012 11:41 AM

    Literally going to be more Browns fans at that game than Bengals fans. You bungal fans can give me all the dislikes in the world but we all know this is true. Browns travel verrrrrry well.

  8. inthezone4 says: Sep 14, 2012 11:42 AM

    Paul Brown stadium will be packed full of bengals fans and a few dogs fouling up the place. Easy win for the bengals.

  9. shaunypoo says: Sep 14, 2012 2:34 PM

    Of course Browns fans travel well, who the hell wants to watch a football game that is actually in Cleveland?

  10. td40 says: Sep 14, 2012 6:14 PM

    While Bengals fans may want to point at the Browns, laugh, and think, “easy W”, it might be worth noting that as horrible as the Browns were in week one, they *still* put more points on the board than the Bengals did in their humilating loss to the Ravens. Ouch.

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