Thousands of fans decked out in red and white spirit wear line the streets of downtown Cincinnati as they walk down to the river for a Reds game. Entering the stadium with its bright red seats, spectators can not only watch professional baseball, but also get thrilling views of the Ohio River and Kentucky in the backdrop. With steamboat smokestacks shooting off fireworks after a home-run, and boats passing by on the river below, Great American Ball Park has a small-town feel and a family oriented atmosphere, but is still major league.
Home of baseball's first professional franchise, the Cincinnati Reds, the stadium opened in 2003 replacing Riverfront Stadium as the Reds' field. The 42,000-seat ballpark, named for the Great American Insurance Group, is located downtown, directly on the banks of the Ohio River.
Many architectural details give Great American Ball Park a unique feel, among them a 35-foot gap in the stands for fans to view the downtown skyline. In the outfield, two Power Stacks, or steamboat smokestack replicas, emit lights and fireworks in response to the home team's effort. The Spirit of Baseball, an uplifting limestone sculpture created by local artists, depicts a young player looking up to his baseball heroes.
The stadium also includes many historical Reds references, such as the Italian marble mosaic that pays homage to legendary Reds teams. Crosley Terrace, a tribute to the Reds' original home, Crosley Field, exhibits life-size statues of famous Reds playing an imaginary game. The stadium also features the nostalgic "Sun/Moon" deck and "toothbrush" style light posts, which were popular in the original stadium. On the back of the scoreboard, the 4192 Mural depicts the bat Pete Rose used for his record-breaking 4192nd hit. Located on the west side of the park, The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum commemorates the team's past through galleries and multimedia exhibits.
The Fan Zone area offers fun kids' activities like interactive games, a store to build your own stuffed Reds toy, and a playground to give young children a place to run. Spacious concourses provide visitors ample room to stroll around, as well as convenient handicapped access. Throughout the stadium you find places to stop and watch the game from different vantage points, or catch nice views of the city and the Paul Brown Stadium (home of the Cincinnati Bengals.) Popular restaurants like Montgomery Inn, LaRosa's Pizza, and Skyline Chili sell local favorites, and the regular concession stands offer traditional ballpark fare like peanuts, beer, hot dogs, and ice cream (which you can get served in a Reds helmet.) The surrounding area gives visitors the opportunity to walk along the scenic Ohio Riverfront and across one of the bridges into Kentucky. The stadium is within walking distance to numerous downtown hotels and restaurants, making a visit convenient.
- Tickets can be purchased at cincinnati.reds.mlb.com. A variety of seating options are available starting at $5.
- The ball park has several nearby parking garages. Price is $10-$12. There is also ample garage and street parking in downtown Cincinnati, which is within walking distance.
- Metro Stop:
- For schedules and information regarding bus transportation, contact Queen City Metro at 513-621-4455
- Location: 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH
- Phone: 513-765-7000
- Website: cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/ballpark/index.jsp