As part of the biggest overhaul of Paul Brown Stadium in 22 seasons, gameday coordinators reached out to Britten to build an audacious, new Foam3D™ player run-out tunnel with multiple faux-stone columns with giant, smoke-breathing tigers on top. This project would compliment the new uniforms, a new 'Canopy Crazies’ fan section, pregame fireworks, and a new pregame sound/lighting and performance stage.
Designed to be mobile, easily disassembled for storage, and light enough for a small team to move quickly on and off the field, each 13' tiger-topped column used an internal aluminum frame for added strength. Smoke machines built into each column added visual hype and drama to player introductions.
Hours of meticulous hand-sculpting and hand-painting brought a striking degree of realism to turn “The Jungle” into a garden of 21st-century delights for fans. Not since sculpting a trio of 25’ menacing mustangs for the Denver Broncos had Britten’s foam-sculpting and engineering team been called on to create a more unique NFL project.
“We're looking to challenge the status quo… doing things that have never been done before," Bengal’s gameday and live events coordinator, Alex Schweppe, told the fan site bengals.com. The epic intro tunnel for the players delivered powerful pregame imagery, and proved a major part of the new sights, sounds, and traditions Schweppe and his team saw fans share on social media. "We want to do what Bengals fans want and match that for the ultimate fan experience."