Ballpark Roadtrip: Great American Ball Park

Located on the winding banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Great American Ball Park serves as the home of the Cincinnati Reds, baseball’s first professional franchise.

Although praised for its innovative features, breathtaking views and affordable seating options, Great American Ball Park also pays tribute to the Reds’ rich history. Crosley Terrace statues depict Reds legends Ted Kluszewski, Ernie Lombardi, Joe Nuxhall and Frank Robinson, while famous-dates banners remind fans of many historic moments in club history.

Inside the park, the Italian-marble mosaics, the “toothbrush” light towers and the nostalgic Sun/Moon Deck are just a handful of features that give this modern marvel a truly historic influence.

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Ballpark: B – Great ballpark and views of game. A must see road trip for all fans. Too much red color everywhere. Empty red seats blind you in sunlight. Opened at the start of the 2003 season, the ballpark seats 42,271 fans at a cost of $280 million.

Fans & Atmosphere: A – Some great passionate fans looking towards future, some clowns as every team has. Griffey art all over the place and Big Red Machine.

Food: B – Food was very good. Not for people with heart conditions. Chili is overrated, great sandwiches, have a big red.

Mascot: B – Gapper, furry stringy thing who is great fun. Mr. RedLegs is a poor Mr. Met ripoff.

Staff: A – Great friendly staff and tour. People looking to help fans there for first time.

Team Tradition: A – Birthplace of National League, needs to have parade and first opening day game here again, not on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. Honors team past all over ballpark. Proud tradition and their Hall of Fame is the best in baseball.

Location: B – Downtown Cincinnati, walk down the street from hotel across the highway to stadium. No place to eat after night game. Across the road from where Riverfront Stadium once stood.

Photos taken July 18, 2007, using a Canon EOS 30D Digital SLR with a EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Standard Zoom Lens.

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