Expect traffic congestion for Thursday's Bengals game

Streetcar will have extra train to transport fans
Posted at 6:52 AM, Sep 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-29 12:04:01-04

CINCINNATI -- More than 65,000 fans will pack Paul Brown Stadium for the Bengals game at 8:25 p.m. Thursday, meaning traffic will be tough as daytime commuters head out and Bengals tailgaters roll in.  

The first 100 customers to park in the Town Center Garage at 1251 Central Parkway will have their tab picked up by the Bengals and receive four free all-day streetcar passes. Parking there will cost $10 for those after the first 100 cars. Streetcar officials recommend boarding at Washington Park and departing at The Banks for the most direct route to the stadium. Additionally, a third streetcar will be running until 2 a.m. Friday to help with crowds and lines as fans head home.


“There was actually somebody who said, park up here in OTR and I’ll give you a free day pass to ride the streetcar," said Dwight Ferrell, CEO and general manager of SORTA. "Well, we have to take that into consideration because that’s not what people normally do. So that’s something we’re going to have to address for the rest of the Bengals games because I’m assuming that it was successful, but certainly we don’t want to be the person, we don’t want the entity that stops that from happening.”

Another option is to park in Newport or Covington and shuttle across the bridges for just $1.

No tickets yet? Not to worry -- StubHub still has about 700 tickets left, starting at $63.