Bengals Overview

Fast facts

League: NFL

Head Coach: Zac Taylor

Team Mascot: Bengal tiger (Who Dey)

Year Opened: 2000

Capacity: 65515

City / State: Cincinnati / Ohio

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Bengals vs Browns

Rival Team: Cleveland Browns

The Battle of Ohio has been going strong since 1970, with a brief hiatus from 1996 to 1998 after the original Browns moved to Baltimore. The rivalry comes from both the proximity of the two teams as well as the fact Paul Brown is the founder of both teams. The Bengals lead the all-time series having taken 44 of the 83 matchups between these teams and will look to build upon it when these two teams meet next.

Bengals vs Steelers

Rival Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

The rivalry between the Steelers and Bengals began in 1970 when the Steelers moved over to the AFC along with the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Colts. The two teams have played in the same division since 1970, first the AFC Central then since 2002 the AFC North, which has led these two teams developing quite the distaste for each other. The Steelers lead the all-time series 56-34, but the Bengals do hold the honor of having the largest victory in the series having defeated the Steelers 42-7 in 1988.

Bengals Tailgate Guide


Tailgating is serious business for Bengals fans. The most well-known group, the Bengals Bomb Squad, can be found in Lot 1, but tailgating occurs in lots north of the practice fields and around Longworth Hall as well. In Cincinnati, you’ll find the parking lots filled with tents, grills, and coolers as the fans party hard in preparation for a Bengals game.

One unique aspect of tailgating at a Bengals game is the fact the tailgate scene here isn’t confined to just a few stadium lots; rather it spreads out throughout not only the entire city but even across the state border. Tailgates happen in college and high school parking lots for Bengals games as well as town squares such as Fountain Square. Bengals pregame parties also extend across state lines as the city’s proximity to the Ohio-Kentucky border means that often people park across the river in Kentucky.

Regardless of where you’re tailgating, you’ll surely have a great time as the Bengals fans put on a great tailgate in addition to being very warm and friendly.


Queen City Riverboat

One way to arrive at the game is via riverboat. You can be picked up for $5 at the Hooters in Newport and be taken by water taxi to the game. The Queen City Riverboat begins boarding two hours before kickoff and serves beer and food from Hooters.

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The Jungle Zone

The Jungle Zone located on the east plaza level of Paycor Stadium offers a place for fans to enjoy some pre-game entertainment. Here you’ll find a variety of activities including live music, games, and more. If you’re looking for something to do before kickoff head on over to the Jungle Zone where you’ll surely have a great time.

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Bud Light Tailgate Zone

If the revelry of Bengals fans in the parking lots isn’t your speed, the Bud Light Tailgate Zone at Freedom Way has free admission for fans before the game. Beer and food are cheaper here than in the stadium, and there’s also live music, games, and other activities.

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Where to tailgate

Bengals Stadium Guide

In Game

Who dey, who dey, who dey think gonna beat dem Bengals? Nobody! Expect to hear this chant a lot throughout a Bengals game as the fans inside Paycor Stadium are loudest and most passionate fans in all of the NFL. Bengals fans have been through a lot over the years. However, that hasn’t stopped them from continuing to come out and support their team every Sunday.

Paycor Stadium is a state of the art stadium that offers many amenities and doesn’t have a bad seat in the house. Whether sitting in the lower bowl or upper deck, it doesn’t matter as Paycor Stadium has incredible sightlines. The steep upper deck at Paycor Stadium means that everyone is close to the action, which helps makes the crowd particularly loud and intimidating to opposing players and coaches.

Paycor Stadium’s location along the riverfront also helps make a Bengals game one of the best game-day experiences in all of the NFL. Not only is the area beautiful and offer a great view of downtown, but it also means that fans can arrive at the game via riverboat. Fans can catch the boat in Newport and be taken by water taxi to the game for only $5. The Queen City Riverboat begins boarding two hours before kickoff and serves beer and food from Hooters, so be sure to make this part of your Bengals game day.

Things to check out

Paycor Stadium Signature Massive Escalator

The giant escalator that transports fans to the upper deck is massively making it a one of a kind structure unique to Paycor Stadium.

Bengals Pro Shop

If you’re looking to snag some Bengals gear then look no further than the Bengals Pro Shop on the Plaza level of Paycor Stadium. Here you’ll find a wide variety of Bengals gear that’ll show off your Cincinnati pride.

Cincinnati Skyline

If sitting in the upper deck on the southeast side of the stadium make sure to snap a picture of downtown Cincinnati.

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The Ben-Gals are the official cheer team and have been providing in-game entertainment for the team since 1968. Look for the Ben-Gals to get everyone pumped to cheer on the Bengals to victory.

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Who Dey Mascot

Who Dey is a Bengal tiger and the official mascot of the Cincinnati Bengals. Who Dey provides entertainment to the fans during the game and is a beloved by young Bengal fans, so look out for Who Dey at your next Bengals game.

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Fight Songs

  1. Who Dey!

    This famous chant that originated in 1980 can be heard throughout Bengals games. The crowd chants, “Who dey, who dey, who dey think gonna beat dem Bengals?” Everyone together then responds, “Nobody!” Make sure to join in on this Bengals tradition to get into the game day spirit.

    The crowd chants,

    “Who dey, who dey, who dey think gonna beat dem Bengals?”

    Everyone together then responds:


  2. Bengals Growl

    The official Bengals fight is often played throughout games as the Bengals are sure to score a lot. Learn the lyrics to this song so that you can join along with the rest of the crowd.

    Hear that Bengal growlin’ mean and angry
    Here he comes a prowlin’ lean and hungry
    An offensive brute
    Run, pass or boot
    And defensively he’s rough, tough
    Cincinnati Bengals
    That’s the team we’re going to cheer to victory
    Touchdown Bengals get some points upon that board
    And win a game for Cincinnati

Bengals Bars & Restaurants

  1. Taft’s Ale House

    Tafts Ale House beer

    Just like our beefy namesake, we at Taft’s Ale House are inclined to tasty visions of fine fare and freshly-poured libations dancing in our heads.

    1429 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. Jefferson Social

    Jefferson Social

    Jefferson Social channels the comfort and familiarity of a neighborhood gathering place.

    101 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Blind Pig

    Blind Pig

    Whether you’re pounding beers at the bar or sipping some Jameson on our amazing patio, newcomers and regulars alike always have a blast.

    24 W 3rd St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  4. Igby’s


    The culinary team at Igby’s has created a nine-item menu to complement the cocktail menu.

    122 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA


    Bar website

    american - italian - $$

  5. Howl at the Moon

    Howl at the Moon Cocktails

    Lively bar with a party vibe featuring dueling piano shows & novelty bucket drinks. There's never a boring drink!

    210 E Trade St #308, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. Kitty’s Sports Grill

    Kittys Sports Grill beer

    There's nothing better than enjoying a cold drink and excellent food while watching the game with your closest friends just across the street from Paul Brown Stadium

    218 W 3rd St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA


    Bar website

    american - bbq - $

  7. Holy Grail Tavern & Grille

    Bennys Boom Boom Room beer

    Amazing food, alcohol, and company!

    161 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  8. Moerlein Lager House

    Moerlein Lager House steak

    Moerlein Lager House offers a guest experience unlike any other - a working microbrewery producing a full line of Moerlein craft brews.

    115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  9. Tin Roof

    Tin Roof burger

    Unpretentious shotgun shack bar & music venue with creative takes on American pub food.

    160 E Freedom Way #150, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  10. Blind Lemon

    Blind Lemon

    Whimsical bar, named after bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson, with live music & lots of cocktails.

    936 Hatch St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  11. Knockback Nats

    Knockback Nats

    Great food, great people, and of course, great drinks!

    10 W 7th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  12. Ruth’s Chris Steak House

    Ruths Chris Steak House

    Your last bite is just as good as your first.

    100 E Freedom Way #160, The Banks Development, Cincinnati, OH 45202, United States


    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$$

  13. Skyline Chili

    Skyline Chilli

    One of the most famous hotdogs in whole of Cincinnati!

    254 E 4th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  14. Taste of Belgium

    Taste of Belgium

    At Taste of Belgium, there is nothing we take more seriously than their waffle.

    1801 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA


    Bar website

    european - $$

  15. Yard House


    Always has that distinct sense of belonging in this place.

    95 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  16. Rhinehaus


    The original sports bar

    119 E 12th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $

  17. O’Malley’s In The Alley

    OMalleys in the Alley

    One of Cincinnati's oldest watering holes, O'Malley's has that distinct rich sense of history.

    25 W Ogden Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA


    Bar website

    american - $