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“It Sure is Great”

Great American Ball Park
Ranked #5 of 196 things to do in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed July 2, 2013

My family had not been to Cincinnati since the Reds were in the old Riverfront Stadium. This summer we made another pilgrimage to a Reds game.

We had watched a lot of games on TV, but it just does not do justice to the stadium itself. As always traffic at rush hour in Cincinnati can be tough, so give yourself extra time to get to the stadium. There are several parking areas around the stadium as well. We wasted some time trying to get closer to the field and looking for a cheaper lot. We wound up in the parking deck at the location of the old stadium (between the football and baseball stadiums) for $12. We did find that the deck ran underground a ways to the stadium. It was a really short walk to the entrance. The 2nd night we went straight here.

Tickets are a lot more expensive than in the past. There are a lot of seating options. We sat in the sun deck in right field the first night- great view. Tickets here were $30. The 2nd night we got bleacher seats in front of the giant scoreboard for $18.

The stadium is very clean and easy to get around. There are a lot of things to do, but one of the biggest reasons that I did not give a five star rating is because of the price. For a family of five, tickets themselves add up. The concessions were a shock. We planned to eat dinner at the game, but wound up trying to snack. The cheaper items were popcorn and hot dogs- about five bucks each. Some sandwiches were over $10. Again, for a family of five this was an incredible expense. One thing I appreciate, which we learned from the first night, is that the park allows you to bring a small soft sided cooler into the stadium. We did this the 2nd night and saved a lot of $. There are rules for the cooler- no restaurant food, no canned drinks, no opened bottles, clear sided bottles only. We packed sandwiches and snacks and saved a lot of dough. Even minor league parks don't allow this.

There were so many things to do around the field, we didn't get to them all. There are plenty of picture opportunities- Reds Hall of Famer Statues, Big Red Machine Murals, you can get along the field for some player pics during batting practices. There is a nice, but a little expensive gift shop. We had hoped to visit the Reds Hall of Fame, but it was not included in the ticket price- again some more money to spend. There are a lot of little things that make your trip very enjoyable. We were able to get a free certificate for our boys commemorating their first Reds game. Autograph opportunities are along the baseline fences prior to the game. One of my boys spent both nights here, but only got one autograph. There is a lot of competition.

During the game, the stadium provides a lot of little extras as well- a huge scoreboard/videoboard for replays, fan cams, stats etc. The "Riverboat" in centerfield which spews flames when a Reds' pitcher records a strikeout. If you're lucky to see a Reds homerun, watch for the fireworks!

The stadium is located right on the river in Cincinnati- a beautiful location. The city has embraced the location here as well, with a thriving downtown area. All in all, we had a great experience and hope to return again soon.

Thank Tuckasegee
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

It is a very nice park. We got a good deal and a free bonus concert from the Beach Boys after the game. It was a great day. I just wish they put the same amount of effort into their food venues. That is why they didn't get an excellent rating. The food is very expensive for basically
hamburgers and hot dogs. It would be nice to see some variety and something with flavor. It is good to note that you can bring your own food into the park. We will definitely do that next time.

Thank Michelle B
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Visited here recently during our american road trip, This was our first baseball game and we were impressed. Great atmosphere. Bit expensive for refreshments but which stadium isn't world wide.
quite an impressive stadium and from our seats we had a great view of the ball park and out over the river.

Thank robert_xr
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

My husband is on a quest to visit all of the ballparks, this is #21 of 30 so far.

The atmosphere and level of engagement at this park is outstanding. The game we attended was also Flag Day and they invited troops to unfurl an enormous flag that covered the field. It was very inspirational and patriotic. We are from California where most of the time the fans have trouble taking off their hats to sing the national anthem and it was so nice to see the opposite that night. People participated.

I was also charmed by the fact that the organ and organist were out on the concourse where fans could appreciate their contribution to the fun of the game. Not all ballparks have kept that tradition, so I applaud those venues that do.

We ate at Mr. Red's Smokehouse, pulled pork sandwiches with delightfully spicy bbq sauce. Yum! They have a pavilion where people can sit and eat and see the river, but it was closed for a private party which was too bad for us, I would have liked that experience. They also have a $2 refill if you buy the largest souvenier cup which is a good deal that not every ballpark offers.

The game was great, the Red's won, and to cap things off, it was fireworks night. The fireworks were amazing, but I wish they had played something patriotic rather than making it all country music since it was (after all) Flag day.

Congratulations to the people of Cincinnati. You've got yourself a winner with the Great American ballpark.

Thank TwoByTwo
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

This is one of the best sports stadiums that I have ever visited. The ticket prices are not too high. The food options are fine, but they let you bring in your own unopened snacks and water from home. This can save you a lot of money.

I have had tickets in many different areas of the park and have been happy with them all. You get what you pay for. Can't expect the same view from the outfield that you get right behind home plate, but that is why there is such a price difference.

Highly recommended.

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