Great American Ball Park

Great American Ball Park is the home field of the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds are a historic organization in Major League Baseball that was founded in 1882 as the Cincinnati Red Stockings. By 1890, the Reds had settled on their current name. They have enjoyed great success in National League, owning five world championships. Cincinnati Reds Stadium has played host to some of the most historic games where legendary teams like the Big Red Machine of the 1970s played. Great American Ball Park opened in 2003, a brand new, state-of-the-art complex that replaced Cinergy Field, a park that all Reds fans will remember for time immemorial as Riverfront Stadium. The stadium is an excellent venue with many hotels near the Great American Ball Park, if you want to stay close to the game.

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Fans of the Cincinnati Reds have shown their loyalty in the most direct way over the years. In fact, residents of Hamilton County voted to approve a one-half percent increase to sales taxes to enable the construction of a new facility for not only the Reds, but also the Cincinnati Bengals. The fans themselves truly made it possible for Cincinnati Reds Stadium to be built. The reward is an awesome new facility with all of the modern amenities and facilities, including the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, a must-visit for any Reds fan around the country. The Hall of Fame is situated on the west end of the stadium. It is not just a walk down memory lane, but rather employs cool multimedia to displays that really bring the team’s history to life.

One of the best features of Great American Ball Park is its position overlooking the Ohio River. The stadium is built in such a way that there are beautiful vistas of the river and the Cincinnati skyline. There is a wide area between third base and home base called The Gap that offers some of the most inspiring views of downtown and the riverfront area. Two more unique aspects of Cincinnati Reds Stadium are the Power Stacks in right center field. They look like two huge steamboat smokestacks, only these set off fireworks, blast out smoke and lights, and generally keep the home crowd excited throughout the games.

An interesting fact is that every time a Reds pitcher strikes out a batter, smoke comes piping out of the stacks. There is a 7 on each of the smokestacks, a tribute to Major League Baseball hitting king Pete Rose who wore the number 14. They did this because the MLB forbade the team from displaying his number because of his having been expelled from baseball and kept out of the MLB Hall of Fame.

The Mosaic is a must-see if you visit Great American Ball Park. It is a beautiful mosaic that celebrates the most legendary teams in the history of the franchise including the 1869 Red Stockings and the Big Red Machine of the 1970s. The scoreboard is no joke either, and is in fact one of the most impressive aspect of the ball park. The Toyota Tundra Home Run Deck and Crosley Terrace are two more things to check out if you are planning to make a day or evening of it at the park, something you should strongly consider doing in light of all there is to do at this venue. Visiting this ball park is one of the best things to do in Ohio, and most certainly in Cincinnati.

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