The Cincinnati Bengals announced Friday that they and Georgetown College have agreed to a one-year extension of the team's contract to hold training camp at the school's East Campus Athletic Complex. The agreement now runs through 2011, which will be the Bengals' 15th consecutive year at Georgetown.
"The length of the relationship is reflective of the college's excellent facilities and professional staff," Troy Blackburn, Bengals vice president, said in a news release issued by the team. "We remain convinced of the benefits of starting our season in a camp situation and Georgetown provides us with exactly what we need, including a location (an hour from Cincinnati) that makes camp visits possible for many of our fans."
Last season, Cincinnati's seventh with Marvin Lewis as head coach, the Bengals went 6-0 in divisional play and won the AFC North title with a 10-6 regular-season record. The New York Jets knocked off the Bengals in the first round of the playoffs, 24-14.
Before coming to Georgetown, the Bengals held pre-season camp at Wilmington (Ohio) College for 29 years. Players report to this season's camp Wednesday, with first drills scheduled Thursday.
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Said Eric Ward, Georgetown athletic director: "It will be our goal, just as it has been for the past 13 years, to create a suitable environment for the Bengals to prepare for a Super Bowl and the fans to enjoy a unique training camp experience."
The Bengals begin exhibition play Aug. 8, facing the Dallas Cowboys in the Hall of Fame Game at Canton, Ohio. The exhibition home opener will be Aug. 15 against the Denver Broncos.
Cincinnati will open the regular season Sept. 12, visiting the New England Patriots, with the home opener Sept. 19 against the Baltimore Ravens.