View Full Version : My first trip to GABP

09-06-2009, 07:52 PM
I hadn't attended a Reds game since Riverfront days until the recent Dodgers series at home. Here's a few random observations of my first visit to Great American Ball Park..........

SEATS - Sat in 429 on Saturday, and 133 on Sunday. Both sections were great seats, excellent sightlines, and comfortable chairs. Seats were easy to find, and the ushers were helpful, but not pushy. I am a beefy guy, but the seats were sufficiently roomy and comfortable.

VIEWS - I can understand some of the criticism I've read about GABP in that you can (kinda) see downtown Cincinnati's skyline, and you can (kinda) see the River, but in most seats you can't see either one really great.

INTERIOR - Very roomy concourses, and plenty of food and beverage options. Restrooms were clean, and plentiful and Marty was on with PBP while you took care of things.

CONCESSIONS - I was really stoked about having my first Skyline coney, and was disappointed...it was basically a Vienna sausage on a bun with some chili and 2 lbs. of shredded cheese on top. I did, however, discover LaRosa's Pizza, and it was AMAZING ! I am hooked now. Also had UDF ice cream in a helmet, which I hadn't had since I was a kid. Beer was pricey but I know that's not exclusive to GABP.

AESTHETICS - Good, but not great.....lots of plain concrete and white steel. More brick would have been nice, and given the place a less generic vibe. Crosley Terrace is a nice, Reds-y touch, but the main gate entrance on Joe Nuxhall Way was less than overwhelming. I have mixed feelings about the Powerstacks - on one hand, kind of kitschy and hokey, but I still loved it when the fireworks went off after a Redlegs home run.

MISCELLANY - The scoreboard was impressive. FanZone was not - just some assorted wii games. WTH ? I didn't have a chance to visit the Reds HOF, but I will next trip. And, both days, I never once saw Rosie, Mr. Red, Mr. Redlegs, or Gapper. None of them ! and I wanted to get pictures.

I'll give it a grade of B for now (until I visit what is claimed to be the best park in MLB, Pittsburgh's PNC Park). Once the game starts, it's great, but I guess the main gripe is the exterior is rather bland, and they didn't really make full use of either the downtown view or the River view.

BTW....you know how we're 12-2 in the last 14 games ? The (2) is the two games I attended. :rolleyes::dunno::oops:

09-06-2009, 09:27 PM
Great review, thanks.

That is something that the two Reds losses in awhile have been while you have attended. Things will even out for you.

I am no too thrilled about GABP. I have been outspoken here at time that they may as well just placed a retractable roof to make it a more pleasant experince during the too cold or too hot weather. All games would be assured to be played without delay etc.

09-07-2009, 04:39 PM
It's ok. There are better parks, and there are worse parks, but it's a comfortable place to take in a ballgame. I for one am glad they bucked the wrought iron gate/brick/kelly green seat trend. I don't think that they could've built it facing the city due to the fact that parks have to face a certain direction away from the sun. Does anyone know anything about this?

09-07-2009, 05:03 PM
I personally give GABP a ho-hum "Okay". Being Cincinnati's population makes the town essentially a doughnut, I thought it should have been built somewhere around I-275. Sharonville, Blue Ash, or even N.Ky. Then, we wouldn't still be waiting through multiple changes to the development of the surrounding area, and the Political Buffoonery that has gone on way too long.

09-08-2009, 11:46 AM
I don't think that they could've built it facing the city due to the fact that parks have to face a certain direction away from the sun. Does anyone know anything about this?

Ballparks have different orientations. Batters in GABP face SE, but other stadiums are all over the compass. I don't know if other regulations were in play, but I think it is logical that the Reds would want the bowl of seats to be able to look at the scenic river view rather than the city buildings.

Facing south makes more sense to me because the sun is high enough in the sky in the summer to not be in the batters eyes and then shadows from the stadium would tend to be in the outfield rather than in the pitching/hitting zone. Batter facing south also keeps the sun out of the fielder's eyes.

I've heard of sun delays in the minor leagues. I have this nagging memory of reading about a MLB sun delay when I was a kid, but couldn't find anything about it on Google.