The Cincinnati Bengals are a professional American football franchise based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals currently compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) North division. Their home stadium is Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati. The Bengals were founded in 1966 as a member of the American Football League (AFL). Art Modell purchased majority interest in the team in 1961. He later agreed to join the AFL as its tenth and final franchise.