The Bengals want to host Cincinnati fans at Paul Brown Stadium for a giant clockwork party for Super Bowl 56. The NFL says that won’t happen.
The federation denied the team’s request to use the stadium as a venue for a track party, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Paul Brown Stadium CEO Eric Brown told the Enquirer that the NFL’s decision was consistent with league rules and policies.
According to reports, the idea started with a proposal from Hamilton County Commissioner Alicia Reece, who said fans contacted her to ask if a track party in the stadium could be held. Are not.
“There was a lot of excitement. We got calls and visits from a lot of people,” Reece told the Enquirer. “I think it’s a great opportunity for our city to bring more people to town and generate more revenue.”
Brown said there were legal and logistical barriers to forming a watch group that proved too large to overcome.
Bengals fans have been waiting a long time to see their team return to the Super Bowl. The last time Cincinnati was in the title game was in 1988, when it faced off against the 49ers.
If the team had been allowed to host a watch party, it could have hosted nearly 66,000 people in the stadium.
For those in Cincinnati still looking for a chance to party, there will be an opportunity to celebrate with other Bengals fans on Monday, when Reece said a free pep rally will be held at the Stadium Paul Brown campaign.