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Visiting Great American Ballpark: This Is What You Need to Know

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Great American Ballpark is one of the most hitter-friendly stadiums in MLB and an absolute treat to visit for baseball fans who are fans of a great view and the opportunity to watch home runs. Before taking a trip to watch the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark, here’s everything you must know before arriving at the stadium.

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Where is Great American Ballpark located?

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Great American Ballpark is located in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio right on the banks of the winding Ohio River. The address to the stadium is 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202. 

Who plays at the Great American Ballpark?

The Cincinnati Reds play at the ballpark, and are America’s first professional baseball franchise. They are currently in the National League (NL) Central division within the MLB, and before that the Reds were a member of the American Association in 1881, until they joined the NL in 1890.

From 1969 to 1993, the Reds played in the NL West division and for several years in the 1970s they were considered the most dominant team in baseball, winning both the 1975 and 1976 World Series, earning the nickname the “Big Red Machine.” The team held Hall of Fame members such as Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, and Tony Pérez, as well as Pete Rose the all-time hits leader.

Overall, the Reds have won five World Series championships, nine NL pennants, on AA pennant, and 10 division titles.

Who owns Great American Ballpark?

Hamilton County is the owner of the Great American Ballpark. In 1996 Hamilton County voters passed a 1/2% sales tax increase in order to help fund the construction of new venues for both the Reds and the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL. According to the lease agreement for the Reds, they owed $2.5 million in rent annually for years 1-9 to Hamilton County, and then owe $1 annually for years 10-35 of the contract.

When was the Great American Ballpark built? 

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The Great American Ballpark was opened on March 31, 2003. The ballpark replaced Cinergy Field (formally Riverfront Stadium), which was the Reds’ former ballpark from 1970 to 2002. Great American Insurance bought the naming rights to the new stadium for $75million for thirty years.

What is the seating capacity of Great American Ballpark?

The seating capacity is 42,271 in the stadium, which is spread across three levels, each with their own sweeping views of the field. The lower grandstand extends from the left field pole to home plate, and then around to the right field foul pole. The second deck consists of club seats, luxury suites, and the press box. The upper, or third, deck is broken up into two sections, stretching from foul pole to foul pole. The gap in the third deck is between home plate and third base, enabling those in Cincinnati to see into the ballpark, and allows the upper deck to be closer to the field than other stadiums.

This means no matter where you sit, you will get a great view of the game.

Are umbrellas allowed at Great American Ballpark?

Umbrellas are permitted in the ballpark. For the safety of your fellow fans, don’t open your umbrella in a crowded area. You also may be blocking other people’s views, so just be considerate when opening the umbrella.

What can you bring into Great American Ballpark?

Guests who want to bring in a bag must follow the rules below. All of the bags below must not exceed the size of 16”x16”x8”. You may take food and soft drinks that can fit in the coolers or bags listed. 

  • Bags used specifically for medical purposes (excluding backpack-type containers)
  • Bags that are explicitly used for infant care purposes.
  • Purses
  • Soft Sided Coolers that contain food and non-alcoholic drinks in sealed plastic bottles
  • Food bags
  • Unopened drinks in sealed plastic bottles that are non-alcoholic
  • Reds Heads Bags that can be provided

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What time does Great American Ballpark open before a game? 

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All gates at the stadium open 90 minutes before a scheduled game starts. 

How much is the parking at Great American Ballpark?

There are a few options for parking in both east and west downtown Cincinnati. Here are a few of the best options. 

  • Central Riverfront Garage: $5-$20; 0.2mi from gate
  • East Garage: $5-$20; 0.3mi from gate
  • Central Riverfront Garage West: $10 – $30; 0.2mi from gate

How much is a hot dog and beer at Great American Ballpark?

The price for a hot dog is $6.29, and the cost of a beer is $0.69 per ounce.  

What are the best seats at Great American Ballpark?

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The best seats will be located behind home plate in the Diamond Club or Scout seats. You can also rely on the seats just beyond the team dugouts down the first or third base lines. If you want to sit closer to the Reds dugout (first base side), then look for seats in rows EE and higher of sections 128-131.

Can you smoke at Great American Ballpark?

There are designated smoking areas outside Gate B behind section 119 available for those wishing to smoke. Inside the park has been designated as a completely non-smoking facility under Ohio Law, including both the use of tobacco and vapor devices.

What to eat at Great American Ballpark?

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There are multiple places to grab some good food at Great American Ballpark. Here is a list of all the places you can get food and the section they are located at. 

  • 1869 Burger, Scouts Club 
  • All Beef Frank, Sections 105, 113, 117, 130, 143, 401, 404, 511, 514, 516
  • Big Red Smokey, Sections 105, 117, 130, 133, 137, 143, 401, 404, 511, 514 
  • Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip, Sections 119, 531
  • Buffalo Chicken Fries, Sections 109, 139, 534
  • Chicken Fingers & Fries, Sections 119,130, 514 
  • Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich, Section 138 

Gluten-Free Options Food 

  • Various Fruits, Sections 127, 427 
  • Variety of Salads (no crouton), Sections 127, 427
  • Veggie Mix, Sections 127,427
  • Hummus, Sections 127,427
  • Veggie Dogs, Sections 116, 132, 516, 525, Scouts Club
  • French Fries, Sections 109, 139, 534
  • Montgomery Inn Pulled Pork, Sections 113, 118, 130, 401, 514, 531, 534
  • Gluten-Free Hot Dog Buns, Sections 116, 132, 516, 525
  • Soft Serve Ice Cream, Sections 115,132, 522
  • Popcorn, Sections 105, 113, 118, 143, 404, 517, 525, 532, Scouts Club
  • Nachos & Cheese, Sections 103, 109, 128, 133, 515, 519, 532

Best-rated hotels nearby Great American Ballpark?

If you want to stay close to the stadium, we have a few hotels that can be the perfect fit for you. They are all close to the stadium and are within walking distance if you want to save on parking. 

Why is Great American Ball Park hitter friendly?

The stadium stands at a much lower elevation so altitude is not at play, but it is also quite small, with the size of the outfield being the smallest in the league. A well-struck fly ball to any part of the stadium in front of home play will most likely leave the field.

Who hit the longest home run at Great American Ball Park?

In 2004 Adam Dunn hit the longest home run in GABP history, making it 535 feet.

What food is Great American Ball Park known for?

Cincy is a foodie paradise, and you’ll have no problem finding something delicious inside the stadium as well. Try a chess coney or Skyline Chili Nachos, or even grab a piping hot slice from LaRosa’s Pizza.

The Great American Ballpark is a great place to take your kids or yourself for a day of baseball. If you happen to be in the Cincinnati area, try booking a ticket to see a Reds game during the next baseball season.

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