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Wi-Fi added to Paul Brown Stadium, scoreboard comes next season

The Bengals play a 2013 game at Paul Brown Stadium. (File Photo) The Bengals play a 2013 game at Paul Brown Stadium. (File Photo)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

Football is back in the Queen City, and with it some changes to Paul Brown Stadium.


If you've ever been in the stadium and wanted to post a picture or tweet about the game, soon it will be easier as Wi-Fi will roll out this season.

The conversation now is how much will it cost, who will be paying for it, and why add it?

Because of a lease between Hamilton County and the Bengals, the county will pay for most of the Wi-Fi project. But an amendment passed in April 2014 has the Bengals pitching in more than originally agreed upon to help lessen the cost for the county.

Here's how it breaks down:

The installation of Wi-Fi will cost just more than $3.5 million.

The Bengals will pay the full amount upfront as agreed upon in the amendment.

Hamilton County will be responsible for no more than $3 million.
It will start paying the Bengals back in the 2015 season and has five years to pay.

The Bengals will pay any amount incurred over $3 million.

Any updates this season will mostly be hidden, but cosmetic changes will be coming in the 2015 season.

A new scoreboard will be installed, costing $10 million.

The Bengals will pay $2.5 million dollars on that project and will start paying in $500,000
increments this year.

New furniture will also be coming to the club level lounges. There was a lot of discussion about this because very few people benefit from it but the Bengals ave agreed to foot the $1 million bill.

One last upgrade will be an expanded weight room on the field level of Paul Brown Stadium.
Under the lease, this would not have been the county's responsibility, so the Bengals will be paying for 100 percent of these costs. It's expected to be a $2 million project.

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