The Cincinnati Bengals are clearly making a concerted effort to make fans fill more involved with the team this year. They’ve already announced they’ll have “Family Night” practices inside the stadium on Aug. 1 and Aug. 11, which will feature enhanced attractions for children.
Today, the team announced they will host the second annual Season Kickoff Pep Rally on Thursday, July 25 at Paul Brown Stadium. It’s a free event open to all fans. Free parking will be available in lots surrounding the stadium.
“We created the Pep Rally last year as a fun way to kick off the first-ever Cincinnati training camp,” said Jeff Berding, Bengals director of sales and public affairs. “Although last year we were impacted by stormy weather, season ticket holders who attended reported to us that they had a great time. We have worked to make this year’s rally bigger and better and want to open it to all fans free of charge.”
Gates to PBS will open at 7 p.m., and the highlight film from the 2012 Bengals playoff season will be broadcast on the video boards. Bengals mascot Who Dey, the Ben-Gals cheerleaders and the Reds Rally Team will all make appearances, and Bengals alumni will be on hand to sign autographs. Popular local band “The Rusty Griswolds” will perform from approximately 7:45-8:45 p.m.
Special activities for kids also will be available, including face painting and an opportunity to sign up for the Bengals Kids Club.
At 8:45 p.m., the centerpiece of the evening will be the introduction of the 2013 Bengals team. Marvin Lewis and selected players will address the crowd, and fans will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get to know the team’s veteran players and new additions.
The evening will be capped off with an extended fireworks display at approximately 9:30 p.m.