CINCINNATI -- Friday is the day many Bengals fans have been waiting for -- the start of the first ever training camp on home turf.
The team's first practice is Friday afternoon at the practice field, which is located just west of Paul Brown Stadium.
There are 16 practices open to the public and five of those practices are at Paul Brown Stadium. The team says the stadium practices will be the best experience for fans because of the availability of seating.
"This change will provide our hometown fans a unique opportunity to see the 2012 team as it comes together," Katie Blackburn, Bengals executive vice president said in a news release. "We hope it will also help attract fans from outside Greater Cincinnati to not only training camp, but to all the great summer activities going on downtown."
If you plan to attend one of the practices at the practice field, tickets are required but they are free. There are 1,600 training camp tickets that will be offered daily starting at 10 a.m. at the north ticket office at Paul Brown Stadium.
Tickets are given out on a first come, first serve basis, which led many fans to line up for tickets around 6:30 a.m. Friday.
To accommodate the limited number of fans, no folding chairs will be allowed at the practice field.
The Bengals first preseason game at home is on Aug. 10 against the New York Jets.
The first home game is Sept. 16 against the Cleveland Browns.
For a full training camp schedule, go to http://www.bengals.com/team/training-camp.html .
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