Posted on November 22 2016
Major League Baseball Tour
ABOUT THE GAME
4 hours 51 minutes
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
80 degrees, partly cloudy
Did you know?
As we travel from one Major League Baseball stadium to the next, we are really enjoying how each stadium is completely different and has its own character, history, and architecture. Here are a few of the unusual facts about Great American Ball Park that we found especially interesting.
Facts Unique to
Great American Ball Park
Features not to miss!
In right center field, two smokestacks, reminiscent of the steamboats that were common on the Ohio River in the 19th and early 20th centuries, flash lights, emit flames, and launch fireworks to incite or respond to the home team’s efforts. When the Reds strike out a batter, fire blows out of the stacks, a feature that began with the 2012 season (previously, steam was spewed out following a strikeout). Fireworks are launched from the stacks after every Reds home run and win. The seven baseball bats featured on both smokestacks symbolize the #14 of Pete Rose.
The Spirit of Baseball.
A 50-foot-by-20-foot (15-by-6m) Indiana limestone bas relief carving near the main entrance features a young baseball player looking up to the heroic figures of a batter, pitcher and fielder, all set against the background of many of Cincinnati’s landmarks, including the riverfront and Union Terminal. Local designers and artist created the piece between 2001 and 2003 with concept, design and project oversight/management by Berberich Design. The illustrative artist was Mark Riedy, the sculptors of the scale model used for fabrication were Todd Myers and Paul Brooke, with fabrication by Mees Distributors.
Just inside the main gates off the Crosley Terrace you will find two mosaic panels measuring 16 feet wide by 10 feet high. The mosaics depict two key eras in Reds history: “The First Nine”, the 1869 Red Stockings who were the first professional baseball team in history, with a record of 57-0 in their first season, and “The Great Eight”, the famous Big Red Machine that won back-to-back World Series in 1975 and 1976. The mosaics were created between 2001 and 2003, with concept, design, and project oversight/management by Berberich Design. The illustrative artist was Mark Riedy. These mosaic panels are made of opaque glass tiles and were produced in Ravenna, Italy, by SICIS.
Panoramas of downtown Cincinnati, Mt. Adams, the Ohio River, and Northern Kentucky are visible from most of the park.
Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.
Located on the west side of Great American Ball Park on Main Street, the Hall of Fame and Museum celebrate the Reds’ past through galleries and extensive use of multimedia. The Hall of Fame has been in existence since 1958, but did not previously have a building.
Adjacent to both the stadium and the Reds Hall of Fame is a rose garden that symbolizes Pete Rose’s record-breaking 4,192nd hit. It was strategically placed here because the ball landed around this area in Riverfront Stadium. The garden is visible from a stairwell in the Hall of Fame displaying the number of balls that Rose hit.
Our Reflections on the Game
Advice and reflections from the Glanville Team
Thoughts from James
The Great American Ballpark of Cincinnati has the right name! It IS a great ballpark in America!!
The ballpark was easy to walk to from downtown and the Ohio River is in the backdrop! The first thing inside the gates was a slushy stand with 20 different flavors of ice cold slurpee type drinks! It was HOT HOT, and the cool drinks were perfect. Remember, we did not rate any stadium on the weather. This ballpark was really nice, and I kept saying to my mom, this is a really good stadium! When we wanted to cool down there were plenty of air conditioned spots. The seats were comfortable and the fans were fun!! Hmmmmm what can I say? It is a “Great American Ballpark!”James
The Cincinnati Reds’ ballpark is located in a great area of downtown and right on the winding Ohio River. It was easy to walk to, had an efficient ticket entrance, and it was easy to navigate to our seats. Open food courts everywhere – the flow was great! The seats are large and cushioned. The staff working the event were friendly. We had a warm day game and the cold drinks were a MUST! There were fun games between innings. When a homer was hit, the stacks of the steamboat in outfield blow. Once again, James says it best. Cincinnati is a “Great American Ball Park!” The name fits!Christie
Some snapshots from the game.
Thank you for following along! Stay tuned, next we are heading to Houston , Texas to Minute Maid Park, on July 24th, 2016. See you after!
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