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Cincinnati Bengals throw pep rally Thursday to open training camp at Paul Brown Stadium

Two Family Night practices set

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CINCINNATI - The Bengals will hold a free pep rally to open training camp at 7 p.m. Thursday at Paul Brown Stadium.

Highlights of the 2012 season will be shown on the video boards and Bengals alumni will be on hand to sign autographs. A popular local band, The Rusty Griswolds, will perform from 7:45 to 8:45. After that, fans will hear from head coach Marvin Lewis and selected players. Fireworks will follow at approximately 9:30.

Parking in county-controlled stadium lots will be free.

The team's first practice Thursday afternoon is closed to the public. Open practices - including two new Family Night practices - are scheduled from July 26 to Aug. 15.

See the daily schedule below.

Two "Family Night" practices inside the stadium will be held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 1 and Aug. 11. Those will feature enhanced attractions for children. The team will announce more details later.

Other practices will be held on the fields west of the stadium. There will be 1,500 bleacher seats, plus additional room for fans to stand along the sidelines. No passes will be required.

The first 53 fans entering the gates to the practice fields who show a Fifth Third Bank debit card or credit card will be upgraded to the Fifth Third Reserved Bleacher Seats. This promotion does not apply to the two practices inside the stadium.

Fans will be allowed to bring small soft-sided coolers, unopened bottles of water and food into all practices. Concessions and Bengals merchandise will be available to purchase. No chairs or other temporary seating will be permitted.

After every practice on the practice fields, several players will be available for autographs for 15 minutes. No autographs will be permitted as players enter or leave the practice fields. After the Family Night practices inside PBS, all players will be available for autographs.

Parking for all practices is available in the public parking lots adjacent to PBS at established prices.

Traffic Alert

Due to the Macy's Music Festival at Paul Brown Stadium, the following streets will be closed from 10 a.m. Thursday until 6 p.m. Sunday:

> Freedom Way: closed between Elm Street and Rosa Parks Street

> Race Street: closed south of Second Street

(Access to the Central Riverfront Garage from Race Street will be maintained)

Training camp schedule

All practices will take place on the practice fields west of Paul Brown Stadium unless otherwise noted. Times are subject to change without notice, so check http://www.bengals.comhttp://www.facebook.com/bengals or Twitter (@bengals) on the days of practices for the latest times. All times listed are Eastern.

Thursday, July 25 (Bengals Pep Rally inside PBS)
            --Practice from 3-5 p.m. (Closed to public)
            --PBS gates open at 7 p.m.
            --The Rusty Griswolds perform, 7:45 p.m.
            --Bengals Pep Rally, 8:45 p.m.

Friday, July 26
            --Gates open at 2 p.m.
            --Practice from 3-5 p.m.

Saturday, July 27
            --Gates open at 2 p.m.
            --Practice from 3-5 p.m.

Sunday, July 28
            --Gates open at 2 p.m.
            --Practice from 3-5 p.m.

Monday, July 29
            --Gates open at 2 p.m.
            --Practice from 3-5 p.m.

Wednesday, July 31
            --Gates open at 2 p.m.
            --Practice from 3-5 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 1 (Family Night inside PBS)
            --Gates open at 5 p.m.
            --Practice from 6-8 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 2
            --Gates open at 2 p.m.
            --Practice from 3-5 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 4
            --Gates open at 1 p.m.
            --Practice from 2-3 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 10
            --Gates open at 2 p.m.
            --Practice from 3-5 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 11 (Family Night inside PBS)
            --Gates open at 5 p.m.
            --Practice from 6-8 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 12
            --Gates open at 2 p.m.
            --Practice from 3-5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 14
            --Gates open at 2 p.m.
            --Practice from 3-5 p.m.

Thursday, Aug.15
            --Gates open at 10 a.m.
            --Practice from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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