Sunday, October 08, 2000

Stadium site for youth football

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Step aside, professional football: the Pee Wees are coming.

        Fifty youth football games will be held on the Cincinnati Bengals' turf at Paul Brown Stadium next month, officials announced Saturday.

        The games will be played during the weekend of Nov. 10-12.

[photo] Hamilton County Commissioner Bob Bedinghaus helps announce youth football teams will play at the stadium.
(Tony Jones photo)
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        Officials with Hamilton County, the Bengals, and local youth football leagues made the announcement at Paul Brown Stadium on Saturday, deciding to continue a tradition that started at Cinergy Field.

        Last November, there was a question about whether youth football leagues would be allowed to play on the new National Football League field, after a Bengals official commented publicly about possible damage to the field by the young athletes.

        Nevertheless, the Bengals said they chose to allow the games as a sign of their gratitude to Hamilton County taxpayers and their commitment to the community.

        “The Cincinnati Bengals have always had a strong commitment to youth football in this community, and we are pleased that these kids will share the thrill of playing in an NFL stadium,” said Jeff Berding, director of sales & public affairs for the Bengals.


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