Bengals hold Family Night at Paul Brown Stadium

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - It's the second season holding training camp in Cincinnati, but this year, the Cincinnati Bengals are trying something new.

Thursday was the inaugural 'Family Night' at Paul Brown Stadium.

Thousands of fans came out to enjoy activities for all ages as well as a full-pad practice for the team.

The NFL season is still over a month away, but football is already in the air at Paul Brown Stadium judging by the shouts of "Who dey?!" and "Go Bengals!"

"It's called 'family night', and I'm with my family tonight," said Anthony Banks of Forest Park.

"We're season ticket holders, and we had a really good draft, and we're hoping for a really good season this year," said Tina Robinette, who lives in Dayton.

With activities for the whole family, Thursday was a chance for fans to get up close and personal with their favorite players.

"My whole football team, we wanted to come and see the Bengals, and see how they play and see how they do that stuff," said Malik Smith who came to practice with his football team.

The team also took some time to get closer to their fans by autographing anything orange and black in sight.

"It's is a part of training camp. It's an opportunity for fans to get a little closer to the players they never get," said Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis.

"It's always good to get the support of the fans. That's what you go out here and you play for," said linebacker James Harrison.

FOX19 asked fans at Family Night the all-important question: What's your prediction for the Bengals this season?

"At least win a playoff game.  If we make it to the Superbowl, that would be even better," added Robinette.

"I really want the Bengals to go ahead and bring me a championship home," said Shea McClellan, a resident of Forest Park.

If you missed Thursday's practice, the next Family Night is Sunday, August 11 from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free, and the gates open at 5 p.m.

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