A white-topped tent is anchored at the entrance to the Cincinnati Bengals' practice field. Workers are cleaning seats inside Paul Brown Stadium, getting ready for a franchise first.
The team opens training camp this weekend without leaving home.
The Bengals spent their first 44 training camps at Wilmington College and Georgetown College, small schools that were more than an hour's drive away from Cincinnati. They preferred having their players in an isolated environment.
The slimmed-down training camp schedule mandated by the new collective bargaining agreement prompted them to change. The Bengals were one of only a dozen teams that held training camp away from team headquarters last year.
''It's new and different for us, but not for most teams in the league,'' owner Mike Brown said on Tuesday. ''We have better facilities here than we could find anywhere else. Training camp anymore has dwindled down to just three weeks. We used to leave for training camp after the July 4 holiday...