The Cincinnati Bengals are seeking $43.6 million from Hamilton County over the next decade for improvements to Paul Brown Stadium, Sharon Coolidge of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
“The stadium might require $43 million in improvements in the next 10 years, but if the sales tax doesn’t generate the dollars, we can’t do it,” Greg Hartmann, president of the three-man county commission said.
Included among the improvements is $8 million for a state-of-the-art scoreboard within the next two seasons.
Under the terms of the lease agreement, the county, which owns the stadium, is legally obligated to pay for the improvements, but its first obligation is to pay off the stadium’s debt.
The Bengals have shown a willingness to work with the county, cutting this year’s wish list in half, from $1.6 million to $800,000, which will be used to upgrade several stadium features, including the draft beer system.
“The Bengals are not a team that goes for the high end for much of anything,” Stuart Dornette, an attorney for the Bengals, told the newspaper. “It’s not as if they’re interested in throwing around money.”