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“Lots of fun and the dollar menu was a great perk” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Great American Ball Park

Great American Ball Park
100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Central Business District)
513-765-7000
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Ranked #4 of 63 Attractions in Cincinnati
Type: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields, Theaters & Stadiums
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Owner description: This new home for the Cincinnati Reds, the oldest major league baseball team in the U.S., balances its spiffy new look with nostalgic tributes to the team's history including reminders of Crosley Field, where it all began.
Illinois
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“Lots of fun and the dollar menu was a great perk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2009

On vacation to Cincinnati, we went to Great American Ball Park for 2 games to watch our Cardinals play the Reds. (Go Cards!) Both were day games. On July 4th, it was quite crowded. We parked just a couple blocks from the stadium ($10) and followed the crowd to the ballpark. We found the $1 concession stand in the outfield and there was quite a line. We waited and enjoyed having hotdogs, popcorn, soda, and ice cream for a reasonable price. Our seats were up in the view level above home plate -- nice view of the field, plus the Ohio River in the background.

The next day, we parked at Newport on the Levee ($3) and walked across the bridge (not the purple people one, but the one just a bit closer to the stadium). The ballpark was much less crowded. The line for the $1 concessions was not long at all. We had time for the kids to check out some of the activities before the game. We had left field bleacher seats, which was still a good view of the field.

We had a great time, enjoyed seeing so many Cardinal fans in the stadium, too. The Reds fans we did talk to were very nice.

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“Ok, but expected more from a new park”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2009

Made a trip to Cincy to see a Reds game. Was there many years ago when they played in Riverfront, but decided it was time to get back. The Ballpark looks great on TV and couldn't wait to see it in person. Wanted to go to the Reds Hall of Fame, but ran out of time, guess I'll have to come back.

We actually stayed at the Hyatt Place in Florence, Kentucky. Were going to stay downtown, but this place was only 87/night. It was a very easy trip on 71/75, maybe about a 10 minute drive. If anyone is coming in from out of town, I'd recommend staying here. The place was wonderful (check my review for more info) and it's really in a great location.

We drove into town and parked near Fountian Square. Don't know about parking by the ballpark, but it was $5 here on game night. Hung around Fountain Square for a bit (good before the game place to find a restaurant) then made the 10 minute walk to the park. Felt very safe walking around at night.

Let me start by saying that the park is nice, just not what I expected. The outside is very plain. More of the look of a (big) minor league ballpark. Maybe I'm just used to PNC Park where there are statues outside and different colors, alot of action going on, and such, where as the ballpark was all white with a little Great American Ballpark above the entrance, and really nothing right around it (although, it is downtown so I know it's tough).

We got seats in the top level behind home plate, and they were really good seats. Best part, they had an escalator that takes you the whole way up, alot of parks you have to walk up from the level below. Great sitelines and roomy seats, but felt away from the action. Most of the modern parks give you that close to the field feel, but this didn't have it.

The view was wonderful. The Ohio River in the backround and the hills of Kentucky beyond that. Not quite as nice as looking at a city skyline, but better than being in an all enclosed park.

Beyond the outfield was a nice walk along the Ohio while still in the park. This was a great touch, and very nice at night with the hotels/buildings of Kentucky being lit up.

Riverboat theme was pretty cool. Shotting fireworks (think it was during the anthem they did it) outta the smokestacks was neat.

The best part of the night was the fireworks. Picked a fireworks night just to compare to Pittsburgh. The Pirates have skyblast nights that are just out of this world. Like the best 4th of July fireworks you could imagine (shooting them off the buildings of downtown and everything)., so I wanted to see what another teams was like. Let me tell you, they were very impressive. The thing that was better than Pittsburgh was they had them cued up pretty well to music, which gave it a nice little touch. If you're a fireworks fan, you need to go here and Pittsburgh to see some good fireworks on a day other than the 4th of July (they'll probably even beat the ones you see on the 4th).

All in all it was a nice park, but definately not what I imagined. Don't know what I really expected, but TV makes this park look alot nicer than it really is. Maybe I just went in with my expectations too high, I don't know, but while I had a great time and would go back, I left disappointed.

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“GREAT AMERICAN BALL PARK= GREAT TIME”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2009

We have been going to the Great American Ball park since is opened in 2003 ...It is easy to obtain tickets and parking is not a issue . We prefer to stay on the Ky side and walk over the Purple People bridge . We learned to eat before as the food concessions are packed and lines can be very long . In the 5 times we have been there we have not had a bad seat . They also have a Reds hall of fame that we have not went to yet . They appear to have enough ushers to help the fans to their seats . Can't wait to go back .Go Cubs ...

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“Nice place to catch a game”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2008

Great American Ball Park is a nice place to catch a game, as long as your team isn't the Reds. Well, just kidding there. But, the ballpark is very nice and they try to have a bunch of events (such as very nice fireworks and concerts) to attract people. In all honesty, for the best views (away from the game), the upper deck sections are nicer, as they provide a view of the river, boats, and hills on the other side.

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“Wow - The Great American Ballpark - Baseball”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2008

The Great American Ball Park is truly a splender of the American Mid West. Having just got back from a trip there - Found the experience incredible. The atmosphere and the Sightlines were all first rate.

Absolutely top drawer.

www.redsbaseballtickets.com - this is where i found my tickets.

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