The Cincinnati Bengals announced they have sold out Sunday’s week 17, regular-season finale against the Baltimore Ravens. The news comes just one day before the NFL’s blackout deadline.
Cincinnati used a special — “buy one, get one free” – deal for season-ticket holders. Sunday will mark just the second time the Bengals have had a sellout this season. With a win Sunday over the Ravens, and the Bengals will clinch their first postseason berth since 2009.
Cincinnati has been the biggest surprise of the year in the AFC North, going from a meager four-win campaign in 2010 to a playoff caliber team in 2011.
Despite the success this season, the Bengals have had trouble filling up Paul Brown Stadium, playing with one-third of the seats vacant most home games.
The only sellout the Bengals had this season came against Pittsburgh when a vast number of Steelers fans flocked in to Cincinnati from Western Pennsylvania.
In order to have a legitimate home-field advantage this week, Bengals fans must resist the urge of selling their tickets to Ravens fans who will be coming into town.