Check out The Jungle Zone in the Southeast corner on the Plaza. It's a a pregame even that begins 3 hours before kickoff. There you'll find plenty of food and drinks, music, and free interactive games.
Food and Drink:
Paul Brown is the only football stadium to make a list of "America's favorite 150 buildings and structures," according to a Harris Interactive survey (Wrigley Field and Yankee stadium are also on the list). Another list it's on: Esquire's ranking of food at NFL stadiums. It ranks dead last. We'll let you be the judge of that. You can check our stadium map for locations of a few concessions, although we'll warn you, there's a lot of mediocrity to be found. One specialty that you can try: a German sausage called a Mett and you can find Metts all over the stadium. As for beer, you can find decent selections like Guinness and Warsteiner.
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The Stadium and Neighborhood:
Paul Brown stadium is about 5 blocks west of Great American Ballpark, where the Reds play. Just to the South of the stadium is the Ohio River with Kentucky on the other side. Fountain Square is only a few blocks from the stadium, and has a history of being Cincinnati's central commercial area. There are plenty of places to grab a drink or a meal in this district. If you decide to park at Newport on the Levee (across the river), you'll find plenty to do, eat, or drink before or after a game in that area, which is another good reason to park there. See our "Before & After the Game" map for more info on these and other suggestions for good pre or post game spots.
Getting There, Parking, and Shuttles:
Access is fairly easy, being nestled between I-75 and I-471. Traffic can be pretty bad on game days, and there is parking very close by, but leave yourself time to sit in traffic getting in and out of lots immediately surrounding the stadium.
The lots in close proximity to Paul Brown Stadium are sold on a season basis. South of Third Street adjacent to the stadium is sold out with pre-paid season parking. Individual game parking is available in lots north of Third Street and they range from $10-$20. West of Central Avenue is limited game-by-game parking.Tailgating is permitted in most lots surrounding the stadium.
You can try to find some street parking in Cincinnati proper, but a better option is to park in Newport, Kentucky and take the bridge over. The parking garage at Newport on the Levee, a large entertainment, shopping, and dining area is much less expensive and will allow you to avoid a lot of traffic congestion. To get to the ballpark from there, you have two simple options. You can simply walk 15-20 minutes over the bridge or TANK (Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky) has the Southbank Shuttle through Cincinnati, Newport and Covington for $1.00. For more info on TANK visit HERE.
Parking is also available at the Bellevue Medical Arts Building in Covington, KY at 5th & Bakewell, and Willie's Sports Cafe, also in Covington. Willie's offers the Bengals Shuttle to all home games. Check out Willie's on our "Before & After the Game" map for more info.
Another option: Queen City Riverboats has a $5 round-trip ticket from Hooters and The Beer Sellar (301 Riverboat Row) in Newport, KY.