|Great American Ballpark Tickets|
What's great and small and red all over? It may sound like a child's riddle, but Great American Ballpark, the home of the Cincinnati Reds, is considerably smaller than other parks in Pro Baseball. Baseball fans sometimes jokingly call it the "Great American Smallpark." Great American Ballpark faces 40 degrees further south than the Cincinnati Reds' previous stadium, Riverfront Stadium, meaning batters face southeast. Home runs abound at Great American Ballpark because the Cincinnati, Ohio, park's smaller dimensions favor the batter. The $290 million Great American Ballpark is new but the Cincinnati Reds, an old favorite, are Pro Baseball's first professional franchise. The Cincinnati Reds can seat 42,059 for home games.
Built in 2003, the natural grass fields of Great American Ballpark overlook the Ohio River. The Cincinnati Reds continued to play at Cinergy Field/Riverfront Stadium while Great American Ballpark was being built next door. Great American Ballpark includes a portion of the old stadium, which was destroyed. Great American Ballpark sits near U.S. Bank Arena which hosts concerts and other popular events. Together with Paul Brown Stadium, home of the National Football League's (NFL) Cincinnati Bengals, Great American Ballpark helped change the face of Cincinnati's downtown riverfront. Great American Insurance Group bought naming rights for $75 million paid over 30 years.
Great American Ballpark honors its history. When Great American Ballpark opened in 2003, former U.S. President George H. Bush threw the season opening first pitch to longtime Cincinnati Reds star Barry Larkin. A three-piece mural on the back of the left-field scoreboard pictures the bat and ball from Pete Rose's record-breaking 4,192nd hit. Great American Ballpark includes player statues, Italian-marble mosaics, famous-dates banners and a nostalgic Sun/Moon Deck. On June 10, 2005, Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa of the Baltimore Orioles, and Ken Griffey Jr. of the Cincinnati Reds, who are three members of the 500-home run club, appeared in the same game creating another first in big league history.
One specialized feature of Great American Ballpark is a 35-foot wide break in the stands between home plate and third base, known simply as "The Gap." A Build-A-Bear Workshop acknowledges this design feature letting young fans create their own mascot with "Make Your Own Gapper." Great American Ballpark's Fan Zone opens 90 minutes prior to game times. Concession areas, live music, and karaoke help complete the Cincinnati Reds' fan experience. They can visit Great American Ballpark's Picnic Deck, an interactive games area, or the Home Depot "how-to" clinics. Deep fried "Twinkies" are probably the most unusually treat you'll find at Great American Ballpark. After the a Cincinnati Reds player hits a home run, makes a stellar plays, or the team wins, two 64-foot-high smokestacks with a riverboat theme spew fireworks and mist.
Getting There and Getting Around
Great American Ballpark is located at 100 Main St. Paid parking is available in the area. To avoid parking, the TANK Southbank Shuttle will transport fans from Northern Kentucky to Great American Ballpark. Metro is another option with a convenient drop-off location at Government Square. Four park & ride stops serve Great American Ballpark: Anderson Park and Ride, Kenwood Baptist Church, Cobblewood Plaza, and Western Hills Plaza. The disabled pickup/drop-off zone is located on Main Street. Handicap seating, available throughout all seating areas, is equipped with electrical outlets for recharging purposes at no cost. Great American Ballpark has three escalators, 14 elevators, and seven family restrooms. Accommodations for nursing mothers can be found in the First Aid Stations and family restrooms. All public phones at Great American Ballpark are equipped with TDD services.
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