Sunday, October 2, 2022

Bengals fanbase in Columbus growing thanks to online community

The Columbus Bengal Nation Facebook group organizer Tom Magin poses with Bongo, his stuffed animal gorilla, at The Pub in Gahanna, which has become a meeting place for Bengals fans on game days.

Tom Magin has been a Cincinnati Bengals fan since he was 6 years old.

Growing up in Dayton, his father had season tickets and would often take Magin and his two brothers to games at the now-demolished Riverfront Stadium. When Magin started college in the early 1980s, he attended the University of Cincinnati just so he could go to more Bengals games.

But when Magin moved to the Columbus area in 1988, he found that Bengals fans were few and far between.

“It was really hard to find a group over the years, and you kind of gave up,” he said.

Thirty-four years later — with the Bengals slated to play in Super Bowl LVI Sunday — that trend is starting to change.

Magin, 57, is the organizer of The Columbus Bengal Nation Facebook group, where fans from across the state post photos of themselves decked out in Bengals gear and share articles and videos of the latest team news.

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