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Tag:Bengals Ticket Sales
Posted on: December 28, 2011 2:16 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Bengals sell out Ravens game, second of the year

One of few loyal fans in Cincy these days. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

It took a buy-one-get-one-free tickets deal to make it happen, but the Bengals have sold out their Week 17 matchup against Baltimore, the team announced on Wednesday.

Week 16 Recap

This will make just the second home game this season that will be televised locally.

"Our fans have made a tremendous response this week to our sales efforts, and we thank the entire community for its support of the Bengals," Bengals Executive VP Katie Blackburn said in a statement released by the team. "We’re pleased that the game will be on television for everyone, and we look forward to the fans at Paul Brown Stadium giving us a great home field advantage for a very important game against Baltimore."

The Bengals have a win-and-in situation against the Ravens on Sunday; beating their AFC North rival guarantees them a wild-card berth in the playoffs.

That, coupled with the young nucleus of talent in Cincinnati and a winning record this season, is what makes the lack of tickets sold in Cincinnati so surprising.

Our own Gregg Doyel believes it's not the team, it's owner Mike Brown. Doyel might be onto something -- there's one constant with the Bengals over the course of many losing seasons, and that's Brown.

But on Sunday, at least, the fans will get a chance to see something quite rare in the Brown era: the Bengals clinching a playoff spot.

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Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:11 pm
 

Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

One of few loyal fans in Cincy these days. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The Bengals have been one of the best stories of 2011, winning enough games so far to set them up for a win-and-they're-in situation against the Ravens in Week 17. (As noted at our playoff scenario home, Cincy's in if the Jets and Raiders both lose too.) But not enough people are taking notice, and Cincy's still struggling to fill Paul Brown Stadium.

Week 16 Recap

To make up for the woeful attendance (and to avoid a local blackout), the Bengals are offering a buy-one, get-one free ticket special between now and Sunday's game, an unheard of special for an NFL game. Oh, and the players are begging the fans to show up too.

"I just want to thank the fans who were out there today,” defensive lineman Domata Peko said, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. "We really felt you guys out there, and that helped us out big time. I really want to encourage all of the Cincinnati fans to come out and cheer us on as we try to make the playoffs."

You can't really blame the Bengals, though. On October 2, 41,142 people showed up to see Cincy play the Bills and it was the smallest crowd in regular-season history for the stadium. That was the third time in 2011 there were less than 42,000 folks at Paul Brown, including this past Saturday, when only 41,273 people showed up despite the Bengals battling for the playoffs.

Here's an alternate suggestion if the sale doesn't work out: just have Jerome Simpson do flips into the end zone at halftime.

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