Bengals seek OK for interim indoor training facility on river

The Cincinnati Bengals are planning to build an interim indoor training facility and will go before city planning officials next week for their approval.

The proposed bubble would be located south of Mehring Way between the Brent Spence and Clay Wade Bailey bridges. The site is southwest across Mehring Way from the Bengals’ current outdoor facility.

Katie Blackburn, the team’s executive vice president, said on March 30 at the NFL’s annual meetings that the team was “definitely looking” into plans to add an indoor facility soon. The plans were filed with the city on April 1.

Here's the site of the Bengals' proposed interim indoor training facility, between the Brent Spence and Clay Wade Bailey bridges.

The filing with the Cincinnati Planning Commission doesn’t mention what will become of the current training facility, other than the team intends “to find a more permanent solution, on the subject site or elsewhere, to its indoor practice needs in the near future. “

The new temporary facility, a removable and inflated 75-foot high air dome that attaches to a concrete footer, would have a regulation-size interior turf practice field. It also would have an 8-foot security fence and 187 parking spaces.

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