Photo of Cedric Benson of the Cincinnati Bengals running versus the New York Jets.

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In all honesty, this was the game that inspired me to create From This Seat. After paying a handsome amount for 9th row/end zone playoff tickets (Section 152, Row 9) I was extremely disappointed to have the field goal post obstructing my view.

The freezing temperatures didn't help my mood. The crowd was rowdy, but not as rowdy as what they should have been for a home playoff game with everything on the line (perhaps the cold weather was effecting them as well). The field seemed much further away than what you would perceive 9th row as being. The Bengals lost by a score of 24-14 to the New York Jets. Ideal parking for Bengals games, if you don't mind walking a few blocks, can be found at the underground garage at Fountain Square. Parking here is $10 (2009) and is right next to the RockBottom Brewery, which is a perfect place to eat and drink, both before and after the game.  For game day gear, I recommend Koch's Sporting Goods on West 4th St. They have a huge selection on all sports gear, for all leagues, and the staff is always polite.

I have seen many Bengals games at Paul Brown Stadium, and if you are looking for a calm environment for watching football, you might not be able to find it at this NFL Stadium. Especially when the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns are in town. There is not a bad seat at Paul Brown Stadium. In the winter, games get very cold since the stadium sets right on the Ohio River. I do remember having a very difficult time in the past finding my seats in the 2nd level end zone, so beware. Club level seats offer a superb view and are expensive. These sections are not as rowdy, but have a short wait for concessions and bathroom visits.


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