The Cincinnati Bengals plan to construct an interim indoor coaching facility and can report back to planning officers subsequent week for approval.
The proposed bubble can be positioned south of Mehring Method between the Brent Spence and Clay Wade Bailey bridges. The location is southwest throughout Mehring Method from the Bengals’ present away facility.
Katie Blackburn, the crew’s government vice chairman, stated March 30 on the NFL’s annual conferences that the crew is “positively contemplating” plans so as to add an indoor facility quickly. The plans have been filed with the town on April 1.
The submitting with the Cincinnati Planning Fee doesn’t point out what is going to occur to the present coaching heart, apart from that the crew intends to “discover a extra everlasting resolution, on the website in query or elsewhere, at his indoor follow wants within the close to future.”
The brand new non permanent facility, a detachable, inflated 75-foot-tall air dome that attaches to a concrete pad, would have a regulation-sized indoor grass coaching floor. It might even have an 8ft safety fence and 187 parking areas.
The follow dome can be constructed at crew expense on property leased from Hamilton County in an effort to organize it for the 2022 season. The dome can be faraway from the location within the occasion of flooding because the website sits on the banks of the Ohio River, in line with the submitting with metropolis planners.
The Bengals have contracted with a non-public firm to organize for the dismantling of the dome as soon as the river reaches the 51-foot stage.
Nationwide Climate Service data present the river has crested 51ft or extra on the Roebling Suspension Bridge close to the stadium six instances since 2016. The Climate Service says a river stage of 58ft is required to flood Mehring Method and Freeman Avenue, a low-lying space positioned a number of blocks west of the proposed interim coaching facility. The river has peaked downtown at 58 ft or extra solely as soon as since 2016, in line with climate service data.
The submitting doesn’t point out a greenback quantity for the venture.
Hamilton County bought the seven acres of Hilltop Concrete in 2020 for $12 million and paved them for parking. It’s a part of a $30 million deal struck with the Bengals and the concrete firm in 2018 that paved the way in which for the development of the live performance corridor subsequent to Paul Brown Stadium.
Hilltop has decreased its waterfront operations to 10 acres because it searches for a brand new location.
The county will make the remaining buy of the land as soon as the concrete firm has moved. Hilltop CEO Kevin Sheehan hopes it will likely be by the tip of this yr or early subsequent yr.
The corporate recognized one other website alongside the Ohio River in Hamilton County however didn’t full the acquisition. There’s additionally one other website in northern Kentucky that may be a chance, he stated.
He stated he hopes to make an announcement within the coming months.
“We’ve flexibility when we’ve to be away,” Sheehan stated. “There are not any arduous deadlines to fulfill. It’s in our pursuits to make this determination occur as quickly as potential.”
Metropolis council may even must approve an ordinance to permit building of the power, assuming it passes the planning fee, as really useful by metropolis workers.
The phrases of the order would enable the Bengals to function the interim facility for as much as 5 years and require the crew to take away the bubble without charge to the town if it was deemed deserted after being unused for a yr. The ordinance is scheduled for a listening to earlier than the council’s Truthful Progress and Housing Committee at 1 p.m. April 26 in council chambers at 801 Plum St. downtown.