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Great American Ball Park

Cincinnati, OH

Home of the Cincinnati Reds

4.4

4.2

Great American Ball Park (map it)
100 Joe Nuxhall Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202


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Year Opened: 2003

Capacity: 42,059

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A Gem on the Banks of the Ohio River

Great American Ball Park opened in 2003 to great fanfare in one of America’s best baseball towns. It replaced Riverfront Stadium, which was a drab multipurpose stadium also located on the banks of the Ohio River.

GABP and the surrounding area has seemingly improved each year, culminating with hosting the 2015 All Star Game. This event showcased the improvements to the ballpark and the downtown area. Upgraded concession areas, scoreboard improvements, new club areas, and a nursing suite are some of the improvements made to the park in the past few years.

The surrounding area outside the stadium has filled in nicely with lots of new restaurants, bars, and other developments. These improvements have made the park better and better each year, helping give fans a reason to come out to the ballpark as the team has struggled through a rebuilding process the past couple of seasons.

4.4

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    5

One of the biggest improvements to the park has been the food and beverage options available. The ballpark already had some great options like Skyline Chili, Larosa's Pizza, and stand alone shops for food and beverage. Newer options have enhanced fans' choices around the park.

A Montgomery Inn stand along the right field outfield area is a big hit with fans. There is also a stand that features an item of the game inspired by the opposing team. This stand has items like a Chicago-style hot dog for when the Cubs are in town, fish tacos for when Seattle is in town, etc.

Skyline Chili is unique to the Cincinnati area and features chili dogs for $5.25. The price for these at the park are a bit steep, but they a mound of shredded cheddar cheese on top of their signature chili and a hot dog. If you want to eat one signature food item as an out of towner, this would be it.

Another new offering is the all-you-can-eat area on the upper deck concourse. For $20, fans can purchase a wristband good for unlimited hot dogs, sodas, peanuts, and chips. This would seem to be a good deal for fans, but keep in mind that the hot dogs you get here are not the same as what you would buy for full price. These franks are a lot smaller and taste pretty bland. However, $20 is not a bad deal and fans can sit anywhere and only need a wristband, which can be purchased upstairs behind home plate. Speaking of good deals, if you aren't wanting to stuff yourself, the Ollie's Discount Mart stand down the first base line in the upper deck offers hot dogs and sodas for a dollar each.

Coke products are served at Great American Ball Park. The Brewery District is a recent addition to the park and has a great selection of craft beer from the Cincy area as well as ones from around the country. The park has added several self-serve stations as well. After paying funds on a card, you can swipe and fill your beer in about 20 seconds near the team shop on the lower lever. The self-serve stations feature Inbev products like Bud, Bud Light, and Goose Island.

On most days, concession lines aren't too long anywhere. The concourse at GABP are wide and allow for plenty of room for people to walk through easily. A good perk for fans wanting a quick drink or snack is the convenience store shops around the park. These areas have beer cans to go, snack items, sodas, and water. You walk in and buy these items like you would at a gas station. This helps alleviate some of the traffic at food stands.

The Reds have some premium seating areas as well such as The Handlebar. Located on the second level near the right field corner, the new space offers a buffet style menu and a full bar for either $65 or $85 (which covers everything except alcohol) depending on the day of the week. The downside here is, though the space now opens into the ballpark, you don't get a direct view of the game (there is a giant tv screen). For a nice view, you can purchase all-inclusive $120 rail seats.

The best option if looking for an all-out experience at the park is the Ohio Champions Club area. These tickets include an all you can eat area on the club level that is well worth the price you pay. The buffet includes a burger/hot dog stand, salads, Larosa's pizza, side dishes, multiple soda machines, grilled item of the day, and desserts. The items that you get here are high quality. If you want to drop between $85-$100 on a good experience, this would be it. The tickets are club level close to home plate on the second deck.

Atmosphere    4

Inside the ballpark, you will find lots of historic artifacts around the facility. One of the most impressive is the Crosley Field tribute that has players wearing jerseys from yesteryear. Giant newspaper displays of historic events, murals, and photo displays of iconic moments are scattered throughout the concourses. Outside the physical building, bronze statues of numerous team greats welcome fans through the main entrance and the rose garden outside the first base line recognizes the beloved yet maligned hit king, Pete Rose.

All this history culminates with the team museum. If you have time, a visit to the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is well worth the $10 admission. The museum features spaces for significant documents, radio replay booths, a theater, kid's areas, and a gallery devoted to the team's championships, and the Big Red Machine. Currently in 2016, the museum is featuring a bobblehead exhibit which rivals the one at Marlins Park. Additionally, the museum offers ballpark tours. For $20, you get a 90-minute guided tour plus the museum admission is included. This is a great bargain and excellent way to see the ballpark and the long history of the Reds.

Neighborhood    4

It's taken longer than fans might have wanted, but The Banks, the riverfront development outside of Great American Ball Park, is finally coming into its own. What was for many years surface parking lots now feels like a city neighborhood with numerous convenient bars and restaurants for pre and post game as well as condos and corporate offices surrounding the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. All this, along with the opening of the Smale Riverfront Park, has given this area the feel of a real urban extension of downtown Cincinnati, rather than just a seasonal sports-focused development.

New places such as Morlein Brewery, Yard House, and many others are great options before a game. Just a few years ago, most pregame food options were mainly found on the Kentucky side of the river but that has since changed.

The Kentucky side of the river still has some great options as well. Newport on the Levee features shops and an aquarium. Also, there are many great restaurants over there that are local to the area as well as chains such as Hofbrauhaus. A local favorite is the Hooters/Beer Sellar complex on the river in Newport. From there, you can take a water taxi to the game and back for a nominal fee. Of course, walking across the river to the game offers breathtaking views of downtown Cincinnati and the Ohio River.

Fans    4

Cincinnati is one of the best baseball towns in the country. It is on full display with the knowledgeable and enthusiastic fans. They cheer at the right times and support their team good or bad.

Around the ballpark, you can see a lot of history on display. Most of the local bars are packed near game time and all have the Reds game on once it starts. Since the Reds are the oldest continuously running MLB franchise, there is a lot of history involved with the team.

Opening day here is basically a holiday. There is a pregame parade and lots of activities downtown before the game. Fans lucky enough to have a ticket to the game can make a full day out of this. If you are going to do one opening day in the majors, make Cincinnati your choice.

Access    5

Parking in the garage under GABP and The Banks will run you $20. If you're willing to walk just a couple blocks you can save $5-$10 at garages in the Queen City Square building (entrances on both Broadway & 4th Street) or various lots along 3rd Street (the East-West route just north of the highway through downtown). If you time it right you can find cheap on-street parking in the area around the Lytle Park area about three blocks north of the ballpark or on the backstreets around the western edge of downtown near the corner of 4th & Race Streets. That's still only a 10 minute walk.

Traffic will be tight to get into the garages next to the stadium up until first pitch so you're not really saving much time. Plenty of street parking can be had, but the meters in Cincy can be tricky. Most close to the stadium have a two-hour limit so unless you are arriving right at game time, this won't be ideal. Most meters run until 9pm.

Parking across the river is still a good option with cheap on-street parking usually plentiful after business hours. There are also surface lots and a garage at the Newport On The Levee development, both of which should run less than $5 on game day.

Return on Investment    4

The return on investment at all MLB parks is what you make of it. If you want a cheap experience, a $14 ticket in the view level is the way to go. Since most games don't sell out, you can usually get a seat behind home plate easily. Pro tip: if standing isn't an issue, buy the cheapest ticket and stand on the concourse downstairs. Not many do this and the vantage points here are good.

Fans wanting to pay a bit more for seats and food have plenty of choices to do so. A club level seat is a good idea if cost isn't an issue, especially since food and sodas are included.

Extras    5

The first extra is for ownership making more improvements to the ballpark. Things like the new board and improved mobile connectivity are the latest steps in keeping the park on the cutting edge of the fan experience.

Seeing not just the team, but many local art and history organizations all focus on the history of baseball in the city is a really amazing effort. For tourists and locals alike, it provides an incredibly rich experience showcasing various facets of the team's history.

The team is competitive in terms of offering added value through packages. There are various ticket deals focusing on Fireworks Fridays, family deals, and concession credits. Even if the secondary market doesn't work out, there are still many ways to find some savings on tickets. Plus, most giveaways are given out to the first 25,000 fans or 10,000 kids. This should ensure that every fan who wants a giveaway can have a good chance at one.

Another point for the team still allowing outside food in, which is somewhat unheard of these days. Even in the cheaper seats, a night at the ballpark can still add up for families. Being allowed to bring in your own food can really help cut that cost.

The team museum is really a wonderful asset. The club has so much to mine, it's great to have an accessible place for fans to see the club's history on display. The bobblehead exhibit in 2016 is great, and well worth the price of admission.

A last bonus point is given for the kids area down the first base line. This is a nice touch and gives kids and their parents something else to do if your kid isn't into the game as much as you for nine innings. There is a whiffle ball field that kids can play on that is always popular no matter what the attendance is that day.

Final Thoughts

The Reds may be struggling through a rebuild and fans are getting a bit impatient. The performance on the field has not lived up to the post all-star game bump that the Reds had hoped for and attendance has suffered as a result. Despite that, the team has done an excellent job keeping the ballpark up to date. The food and drink options are much better than they were in 2010. With a revived downtown and great areas across the river, Cincy is no longer a game only and go home city. An entire night or weekend can be had with all the things to do in and around the metro area.

Parking near GABP

If you can walk a few blocks then the streets are where you want to park. There is no reason to cough up $10 or so to park in a garage.

For a night game on Mon-Sat there is free street parking after 6 pm in Cincy. If you time your arrival to just before 6 pm, you have your choice of close-in spots, some on 3rd street are a block from the stadium. But you can still arrive at 6:45 for a 7 pm game and find street parking. There is free Sunday street parking in Cincy and in N. KY.

Both Covington and Newport, KY have free street parking on Saturdays and weekdays after 6 pm and it is just a short walk over a bridge.

Most people that park in garages do not know they can park on the street, but if you just read this, you aren't one of them. Well, some people are lazy or loaded with moolah, so they do not mind paying to park.

by CigarBoy | Mar 03, 2011 06:04 AM

Free game

Hold it, come to think of it, last time I went to GABP, it cost me almost nothing. I stopped at Subway and got a sub and Diet Coke for about $6. I stopped at Kroger and got some peanuts for $2.00. Since you can take food in the ballpark, that was my food that I enjoyed during the game.

I got there about an hour before game time and parked on the 3rd street for free.

I then went to the area right as you enter Crosley Terrace, right near the edge of the building as you walk toward the main entrance. You cannot sell tickets there but you can receive them.

I stood there with my finger in the air saying, "I need one." What I was looking for is three people with four tickets. A few people tried to sell me a ticket. I told them you have to sell them across the street. One person went over there to try and sell it. The second person just handed me a ticket and with about 10 minutes of effort I got a free ticket. Ii went up and sat in the left field bleachers, about the 5th inning I went down to the party deck in right field and smoked my cigar and it was an enjoyable experience. I went to 50-60 games a year between 1999-2003 at Cinergy Field and GABP. I went to about 15 games a year at GABP up to 2006. I never paid for a single game or for parking for any Reds game since 1999.

They no longer allow smoking in the ballpark and I no longer go to Reds games in person.

Now, do not try to get a good deal from ticket brokers that are on the corners of downtown Cincy trying to sell tickets. You will not out-negotiate them.

You can take sealed bottles of water and soda into the ball park. You can take bags of food and pizza in. You can take small soft-sided coolers in too.

Good luck and enjoy a bargain night at GABP.

by CigarBoy | Mar 03, 2011 06:22 AM

Nice

I'm really looking forward to visiting this ballpark this summer.

by pderrick | Jun 17, 2011 05:14 PM

I think I was at the game when you did your review

There are some other neat things about the park that fans might be interested in:

-- On excruciatingly hot game days, the park is very accommodating, offering free cups of ice from the concession stands, free sunscreen from first aid stations, and misting stations all over the ballpark. The station on the 3rd-base side is well placed, as there is a large TV nearby to allow you to keep an eye on the game.

-- GABP does allow for fans to carry in soft-sided coolers with pretty much any food and drink you can imagine (except alcohol, of course), so more value for your money.

-- While the $15 parking is VERY close and convenient, those willing to take a bit of a walk can park in Kentucky at Newport on the Levee for as little as $2 (weekday games) or as much as $5 (weekend night games) and take a walk across the Taylor Southgate bridge (or catch a shuttle across the bridge for $1.50 each way). This is a particularly spectacular walk on fireworks nights, as you can glance back across the Ohio River on the way home to get a peek at the show.

-- Finally, there are a pair of ONE DOLLAR concession stands, offering 12 oz. sodas, "kids" hot dogs (about the size you'd find in a standard grocery store pack) and "kids" popcorn, each for a dollar. Even the heartiest fan can get a decent ballpark meal for less than $5 there, though the lines can be long at well-attended games. Both are on the first-base side, one on the lower level near the fan zone, the other on the view level.

I encourage EVERYONE to catch a game at GABP. It's one of the smaller parks in Major League Baseball, making the experience feel more intimate even in a sellout, and I don't know of a better value ballpark in the bigs.

by EazieCheeze | Jun 18, 2011 11:17 AM

RE: I think I was at the game when you did review

Thanks Cheese-

Great tips, especially on the parking situation. Seems like it would be similar to the walk across the bridge in Pittsburgh. I'll definitely keep this in mind the next time I'm at GABP.

by paul | Jun 18, 2011 09:01 PM

My take

Yep, you can take in a large pizza in or a bag full of Big Macs.

You can also find free parking on the streets in downtown Cincy after 6 pm and all day Sunday. So there is no need to pay for parking. If you time it right and arrive right at 6 pm, you can park on 3rd Street and have a very short walk to the GABP.

As for better parks....probably Wrigley, but for the money, GABP is right there.

by CigarBoy | Jun 23, 2011 12:16 AM

A mett

A mett could best be defined as a spicy hot dog. It may or may no have cheese in it.

by CigarBoy | Jun 23, 2011 12:26 AM

RE: A mett

Thanks for the clarification. All I know is that I have liked them since being introduced, and the "beef n swiss" this time was rather good, even on a hot day...

by paul | Jun 24, 2011 05:24 PM

I've had one oddly expensive issue with GABP

I made it to GABP a few weeks ago, having not been to Cincy since I saw a game at Riverfront. It's funny, but the one thing I remember most is how expensive the hats are. A new Era szed hat at Riverfront was $28 when everyone else was 20-25 in 1992. Now, when mlb.com is selling their hats for $34.99, GABP is still $40.

Also, not sure about the fuss regarding skyline chili. I think I'd have been more impressed if they'd gone without the guise of the dog... it's barely there under the pile of chili and toppings.

by dberger | Aug 29, 2011 04:12 PM

hats

I think local Reds fans know to go to Koch Sporting Goods on 4th Street about three blocks from the stadium for Reds, Bearcats, Musketeer and Bungles gear.

by CigarBoy | Aug 30, 2011 01:21 AM

Had trouble getting "free ice"

I, too, was at the game reviewed, and despite the announcements over the PA system for free ice at ANY concession stand, I was told by two different stands that they were not offering the free ice. I pointed this out to a Reds employee, told them which stands had told me "no", and was given two free cups of ice by staffers at the first aid station on the third base-line. The Reds employee then got on his two-way radio and let someone know what was going on. I imagine the next time there is a day game in scorching-hot weather, the c-stands will be told to honor the announcements and give people free cups of ice. Worth noting that all GABP c-stands are run by non-profit groups as fundraisers for their different organizations, and all have their non-profit names posted behind the counter. If you get bad service, report them by name to Reds personnel. I did, and got the free ice I was looking for, an apology, and a "thanks for letting us know".

by CBJRedsOSUfan | Oct 12, 2011 12:15 PM

Free Ice

Thanks for sharing that experience. I agree- I was overall pleased with the staff responsiveness. Maybe the vendors just didn't hear the announcement. Every stadium makes mistakes, but correcting those mistakes quickly is a sign of a well run crew/organization.

by paul | Oct 12, 2011 12:29 PM

Fun in the Sun

While you're almost certain to sit and bake at a day game at GABP you can find relief on the concourse where they offer misting stations that you can take advantage of while drinking a cold one! Just one of the many great amenities that one of the original ball clubs offers.

by conradklank | Nov 23, 2011 10:43 AM

Great Park and Great Crowd

People here love their baseball and it shows. The crowd loves their team and is very knowledgable about both their own players and opposing ones. It's like they do their research before coming to the park. The Skline chilli dog is a must, I think their is actually real cheese on this thing. The views from t he park are also fantastic, with the Ohio river in the background and the old steam whistles that go off every time a home run is hit.

The other plus here is that you don't have to break the bank to enjoy a game here. Finally a ballpark that offers reasonable prices for beer and food. This is how ballparks should be. This is a must on any ballpark road trip.

by hudster | Aug 08, 2013 11:20 AM

Am I the only one ....

...who thinks the right field bleachers feel like a low-level Big Ten football stadium? That and the "thing" in center field just don't cut it for me; comparing it to AT&T Park in SF, I'd rather see more of what the Giants did with their water-buttressing portion of their stadium than what's at GABP, personally.

by roninmobile | May 20, 2015 03:06 PM

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Crowd Reviews

Great, American, Ballpark

Total Score: 4.29

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

In 1869 Ulysses S Grant was president, sliced bread was not yet invented, and the Cincinnati Red Stockings played their first professional baseball game. That team would become a charter member of the National League in 1876 and the Cincinnati Reds that we know today.

Great American Ball Park has been the home of the Cincinnati Reds since 2003. It is often forgotten when discussing some of the best in baseball, but given the history of this organization and the beauty of the venue, this easily deserves to be called one of the best ballparks in baseball.

Great American Ball Park

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Great American Ball Park (GABP) officially opened its doors at the beginning of the 2003 season. Located on the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, it serves as the home of baseball's first professional team, the Cincinnati Reds. Despite the team still looking for its first winning season since moving in, Great American Ball Park remains a wonderful place to watch a baseball game.

Total Score: 3.29

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 2

I was there for the Kyle Farnsworth/Paul Wilson fight some years ago. Great take down by Farnsworth. Overall, I thought the venue was ok, but nothing special. I hope to get back this year.

Simply amazing ballpark.

Total Score: 4.71

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Cincinnati really nailed this one on the head.
I enjoyed every minute of my visit to Great American Ballpark and the renovations made in the summer of 2007 gave the ballpark even more life. Parking was my only complaint but even then its wasn't that bad. Fans are very passionate and friendly.

I will check it out again.

Redlegs!!!

Total Score: 4.71

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

We got to this great park in plenty of time to take a stroll along the river, and parked in a lot not two blocks away from the field for $10...great deal as far as MLB parks go. From there, we ate at the Machine Room Grille, a bar that is located in the left field corner of the park and opens three hours before the game. They had some outstanding pulled pork there, and we had it on top of hot dogs and potato skins. Wash the food down with a cup of Cincinnati's own Christian Moerlein been, of which they had two of their best on tap. In the field, the park staff are very accomodating, and during BP we got right up close to the field and got autographs. It was an incredibly hot day, and there is little cover in the seats, but the vendors were handing out cups of ice like it was going out of style, and the vendors that came into the seats were throwing ice and squirting people with Supersoakers. The fans could not have been cooler, even with me proudly wearing my Cubs jersey. The view of the river hearkens to Pittsburgh and the Roberto Clemente bridge. There is tons of stuff for kids to do, like batting cages, fast-pitch throwing, and a mascot race much like Milwaukee's racing sausages. Also in the ballpark grounds is the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, though by the time we found it, we didn't have enough time to make the lofty $10 entrance fee worthwhile. However, it is the second largest baseball hall of fame next to Cooperstown, and we heard many satisfied customers leave the exhibits. All in all, it was a great experience!!!

Home

Total Score: 4.71

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Great American Ballpark is home for me...and is easily my favorite ballpark. I take pride in knowing more about the ballpark than some of the employees and being considered a source of knowledge by the ushers and security in the area where I have my season seats. It is a wonderful park and a great place if you want to watch baseball or have a fun day out!

My take

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 4

This is a pretty good baseball ballpark. The food cost an arm and a leg, but they do have specials on food if you look for them.

It is close to all the fun in N. KY.

I give a star for a good location, another for great views of the river and downtown and another for the hall of fame located adjacent to the ballpark. And the final star for allowing fans to bring food into the park. They lose a star for banning smoking a few years ago.

Average Ballpark

Total Score: 3.29

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

I currently live in the Cincinnati area and go to a lot of games here. The atmosphere has improved as the club has gotten better but for the most part find the fans to be average. The ballpark seems to cater towards the family experience which is not really what I am looking for coming from growing up at Wrigley. Not much atmosphere around the ballpark although they are working to develop it. This is definitely a ballpark and team that is trying to get better.

The whole experience

Total Score: 5.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

One of the best ballparks in the mlb. Has great views from any seat in the stadium. The atmosphere is great. The food is good (Larosa's so good). Parking is easy. Plenty of things for the kids to do. Just great park and a fun team.

Great American Ball Park.

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

Beautiful park. Not a whole lot around the park in Cincinnati but walking around the grounds of the park amazing. Shop was nice and big with a great selection. Fans where great, I defiantly would go back.

Great American Ball Park: Great

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

I went in 2009 and for the most part when it came to the new ballparks in baseball, I kept hearing this is one of the "worst."

I can't figure out why. It is a very nice place to watch a ball game and anywhere (probably save for LF) would be a great view. The place was neat, clean, and just smelled of baseball. I grew up going to games at Tiger Stadium and you had that smell in the park where you knew you were in a baseball stadium. You don't really have it at the new parks.

Seats were comfortable and having red seats instead of blue or green for a change was neat.

The biggest memory of the park was actually going to the Reds HOF and Museum. With the storied history that the Reds have it is a must do if you haven't been there.

My ONLY complaint about the park was the fans. And I am not thinking the Reds fans are bad but it seemed like they kept it to themselves and were lukewarm whenever the Reds had a rally in the game. Worse, a lot of the fans (was setting by the moon deck in RF) were heckling the visiting team's relievers. It is fine, but when you start crossing over to racial barriers and going into about their families, then that is where it gets inappropriate.

But overall, one of the best stadiums I've been to.

Finally a Ballpark Cincy Deserves

Total Score: 4.29

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 3

I grew up in Cincinnati, as a child I went to games at Crosley and later Riverfront. I always had a good time at every game. It didn't hurt that I was watching some of the greatest players of their time, but both of these ballparks were lacking in areas. This has all been erased with GABP. I love watching a game here.

My first visit to GABP was during the first season, and I have to say that it was almost like the stadium wasn't finished. The exterior view plain and didn't help that there was still a pit from where Riverfront was. But since this time the HOF has expanded it's collection (I think it's the best team HOF that I have visited), and the area around the ballpark has been developed with plenty of restaurants and bars nearby. The interior, which was plain in the early years, has really improved. The addition of riverboat above the batter's eye is a very fun place to watch the game. In addition the food has gotten so much better - can't beat Graeter's Ice Cream!

100 Joe Nuxhall Way

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

I may be biased, but THE Great American Ballpark is the best neighborhood to just walk around for hours before the game. Don't miss the Reds Hall of Fame

Fantastic Baseball Crowd

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

Great stadium with fantastic views of the river. The skline chilli dogs is like medicine for the soul and the crowd loves it baseball. One of the best baseball atmosphere's that I have ever seen.

Great American Ball Park

Total Score: 3.86

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

This ballpark had great food and beer selections as well as a nice neighborhood/area. The big drawback to the park was the inability to actually see the river from most seats. The team's museum and team store were top-notch. There isn't much else that's really remarkable about the stadium.

Great American Ball Park

Total Score: 4.57

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

Food & Beverage:
The food (and beer) selection at Great American Ball Park (GABP) is outstanding. There is the standard fare of course, but there are also tons of local favorites to be had. I highly recommend Mr. Reds Smokehouse down near the right field foul pole. Can’t go wrong with Skyline cheese coneys either.

Atmosphere:
Cincinnati is a baseball town plain and simple. The fans are passionate and knowledgeable. GABP provides a great family atmosphere, especially during the Sunday home games.

Neighborhood:
It has taken some time (almost 10 years) but the area between GABP and Paul Brown Stadium (home of the Bengals) is finally coming around. Known as “The Banks”, the area along the riverfront is packed before and after most Reds games. There are several restaurants/bars/breweries to choose from. I’d suggest either the Moerlein Lager House or The Holy Grail, both of which are directly across the street from the stadium.

Fans:
As I said, the fans are passionate and knowledgeable about their Reds. With the team making the Postseason 3 times in the past 4 seasons, attendance is on the rise and during the summer the park is packed for most games. You won’t find the same sort of rowdiness you see in the bleachers at Wrigley or Yankee Stadium, but the fans love their Redlegs.

Access:
With the stadium situated in the middle of downtown, traffic can get a little messy at times, but that should be expected. There are several highways within a few blocks of the stadium, so any traffic there may be usually thins out fairly quickly. Parking is easy to find and generally pretty cheap. For night games you are able to park at a metered spot in downtown after 6PM for free. Parking in Kentucky and walking across the river on one of the several bridges is also a good bet.

Return on Invest:
Tickets are among the cheapest in MLB, and with the ability to bring in your own food, you get a great value. Food and drink inside the stadium is on par with most other stadiums I have visited, but there are a few ways to save some money. There is a concession stand in the upper deck that has hotdogs, small bags of peanuts, and small sodas for $1 each. Most concession stands also offer one free refill on any soda which is great for hot summer days.

Extras:
No review of GABP would be complete without mentioning the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. It is said to be the best baseball museum outside of Cooperstown, and I believe it. Well worth the price of admission.

Kentucky Side

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

Went to a game recently at GABP and sent most of my time before and after the game in Kentucky at Covington on the Levy. It's a cheap place to park, with plenty of good places to eat, and a resonable walk to the game. GABP is one of the underrated venues in baseball, and one that I thoroughly enjoy every time I visit.

Fun day in Cincinnati

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

I really enjoyed visiting the Great American Ball Park for the first time. Views from the upper deck out over the water were nice. The neighborhood nearby had some great offerings. We parked on the KY side of the river at the shopping center called Newport on the Levee and then had a short walk over the bridge to the stadium. Newport on the Levee has many restaurants, movie theatre, shopping and an Aquarium that can be enjoyed before or after the game.

Great Ballpark down by the river

Total Score: 4.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

Food & Beverage - GABP has a great mix of traditional ballpark fare and local favorites. Beyond the traditional hot dogs, nachos, etc., GABP also features booths for United Dairy Farmers ice cream, Skyline Chili, and LaRosa's Pizza. This season, the Reds have added the Brewery District, a bar with 60 tap craft brew bar. Prices are also around the MLB average.

Atmosphere - When the moment calls for it, GABP can get fairly raucous. After every Reds home run, the only thing that drowns out the fans are the fireworks from beyond right field. After every strikeout, flames shoot up from the smokestacks in right field, honoring the Ohio River's steamboat heritage. The Reds do a great job of playing up their team's history. The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is located across Crosley Terrace from the entrance to GABP, with statues of many Reds greats outside the entrance. Inside GABP, the history is played up as well.

Neighborhood - GABP is located in the quickly developing area known as "The Banks". It is a short walk to several close restaurants and only a short walk to Fountain Square, where there are more restaurants as well.

Fans - Cincinnati is a baseball town. It is clear when you walk towards the ballpark with red as far as the eye can see, especially on the weekend. Reds fans love their team, and anyone who has had an issue with a Reds player gets the expected response. When the situation calls for it, Reds fans can get fairly raucous.

Access - GABP is easy to get to off of I-71/75 with quite a few parking garages in immediate vicinity of the ballpark. Parking is also available across the river in Newport and Covington, with shuttle service for $1 per ride that pull up within 2 blocks of the ballpark.

Return on Investment - Finding tickets for cheap are relatively easy. For example, the Reds offer Sunday tickets where purchasing one full price ticket, you can get up to 3 tickets non-premium tickets for half price.

Extras - The Reds Hall of Fame next door gives a great history of professional baseball in Cincinnati for $10. If you go through, allow yourself an hour and a half to fully explore everything it has to offer.

Reds

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 4

Food: Great sausage sandwiches(Bratts and Mets). Skyline Chili. A restaurant/bar in outfield called the Machine Room.

Atmosphere: great. I am a Reds fan, so very partial.

Nice downtown location on the river. Right next to entertainment area known as the Banks: Moerlein Lager House, Toby Keiths, Yard House, Holy Grail, and several others. Across the river in Kentucky is Newport on the Levee. Many food and drink options close.

Fans: mellow

Access: easy walk from downtown, and from Kentucky side. Parking $20 on site, and gets cheaper in town. Can take bus from Ky called the South Bank shuttle for $1. Can take river boat from Hooters in Ky for $5, round trip.

R: you can sit up stairs in corners for under $10. If you have a PNC Bank Reds debit card, certain seat sections are half price, Sunday thru Thursday.

E; mini baseball field for kids on the concourse.

A Great American Ball Park Indeed

Total Score: 4.29

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

The Cincinnati Reds, baseball’s first professional team, have called many parks home since their founding in 1869. Notable parks like the Palace of the Fans (1902-1911) and Crosley Field (1912-1970) have been overtaken by modern Cincinnati with little to remind fans of the greats that took to the ball fields. In 1970, the Reds headed to the city’s riverfront, joining the NFL’s Bengals at Riverfront Stadium, a multi-purpose stadium whose legend was created in spite of its cookie-cutter design by legendary teams like the Big Red Machine of the 70’s and the 1990 Wire-to-Wire World Series Champs.

As the new ballpark trend hit in the 90s, Reds ownership began angling to get their replacement to Riverfront. After a sales tax vote and debate over where a new ballpark should be located, the Reds would get their new venue. The new park was to be built on a site between Riverfront and the U.S. Bank Arena, earning the nickname during construction of ‘The Wedge’.

Opened for the 2003 season, Great American Ball Park often gets overlooked amongst the crowd of modern ballparks. However, team ownership has been proactively upgrading the ballpark, creating a venue that has grown and matured well over its 12 seasons. The team was rewarded for this with the announcement that GABP will host the 2015 All-Star Game, an honor the city hasn’t hosted since 1988. Great American Ball Park has turned into a park befitting of the team’s history and is also a major component of the ongoing rebirth of Cincinnati’s riverfront.

Reds

Total Score: 5.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

It is a great ballpark!!

Beautiful Park!!

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 3

I was pleasantly surprised how nice GABP is. It is located near the banks of the Ohio River. The surrounding area is full of quaint bars and restaurants, and the outside of the stadium has lots of statues dedicated to many Red's greats. I parked quite a ways from the park due to the road construction in the area, but things are sure looking up for the downtown Cincinnati area.

Mind The GAbP

Total Score: 4.29

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 5

Though it opened in 2003, the 2015 season appears to be Great American Ball Park’s crowning moment. What was initially thought to be a “good enough” ballpark lacking the flash of its contemporaries, the riverfront ballpark has steadily grown into one of baseball’s hidden gems. Under Reds owner Bob Castellini, GABP has stepped up everything from the concessions to the club’s history displays to the video boards, all with an eye towards hosting the 2015 MLB All Star Game.

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