CINCINNATI - Bengals pride was alive and well before the team matched up against the Cleveland Browns Sunday and thanks to a new tailgating option, many fans are enjoying the experience even more.
Fans had a new opportunity to tailgate at the first ever Bud Light Tailgate Zone at the Banks in downtown Cincinnati starting Sunday. The new area was a hotbed of Bengals discussion.
“They’re probably going to hand off a lot," said Colton Early who went tailgating with his dad Sunday.
Cincinnati Regional Chamber Member, Lori Salzarulo said she hopes the new tailgating area brings more people to the area to experience the businesses.
“Honestly this is such a hot spot now and everyone is coming down this way there are so many places that have just recently opened so we’re helping to drive traffic to them which is why we set up early to give people the time to come down visit the neighborhood see what else is down here and then head to a bar or the stadium,” Salzarulo said.
It seems the closer you get to Paul Brown Stadium, the more comfortable the fans become.
“It’s like being at home. You just kick back and relax and watch it happen, ” said longtime fan Albert Shelton.
While the game kicked in to high gear Sunday at the Whiskey Bar, many Browns fans said they weren't feeling the love.
“[They’re] charging us more for alcohol here. Making us sit over here on this side. You see anyone over here?,” said Cleveland Browns fan Eric McCoy.
Whether watching the game from the stands or the stools ”Who Dey!” could be heard loud and clear.
The Cincinnati Bengals won the game 34-27. The Bud Light Tailgate Zone at the Banks will be open to the public for every home game in the 2012 season. The next tailgate will be Oct. 7 when the Bengals play the Miami Dolphins.
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