The Cincinnati Bengals set a franchise and stadium attendance record yesterday (Thursday) as the Miami Dolphins’ unbeaten record was ended at Paycor Stadium.
Some 67,260 fans were in attendance as the Bengals went to 2-2 for the NFL regular season with the 27-15 win over the Dolphins in Thursday Night Football. Yesterday’s attendance broke a record that was only set on January 15 when 66,277 fans watched the Wild Card victory over the Las Vegas Raiders.
Following the Dolphins win, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said: “People here want to support this team, they want to support a winner, and we owe it to them to be a winner. They’re here for us. It shows when you’re watching cutups from a couple of years ago that, deservingly so, there weren’t many people there for. And now, we’ve come this far.
“We’ve earned it. We’ve put in the work to give this fan base something to cheer about, and they’ve shown up and answered the bell as well.”
Heading into this season, the Bengals’ home had been one of just three NFL venues without a naming-rights partner, alongside the Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field and Chicago Bears’ Soldier Field.
However, Paycor, a human capital management company, last month agreed a deal to become the first naming-rights sponsor of Paul Brown Stadium.
In April, Paycor Stadium was deemed suitable to remain the long-term home of the Bengals, with the proviso it will require a minimum of $493m (£443.5m/€504.8m) in upgrades, according to the findings of a study by design and architecture firm Gensler.
It later emerged that a night club and sports betting area were among the additions under consideration for the renovation of the stadium.