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    Great American Ballpark Advice

    My friends and I are coming down to Cincinnati this weekend to watch the Reds play the Rockies on Saturday night. We are Reds fans coming down from Indianapolis, but are not that familiar with the downtown area. Any recommendations for gameday experiences we shouldn't miss? Are there any hotels in the area that we could stay at and walk to and from Great American Ballpark? Any suggestions or ideas are much appreciated. This is the first time we will be down to see the new ball park so we are really excited.

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    Re: Great American Ballpark Advice

    The Gameday Cafe is not a bad place to grab a bite before the game. Its on the main street there around the basketball arena. I don't know any street names or anything on that, so you'd need to check with someone more familar with Cincy.
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    That might be a good spot. We are looking to get there early that day and spend time in the area since it is a night game. There are tons of hotels down there, but it is hard to tell which one would work best.

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    I have stayed just across the river in KY before. The hotel rates there seem to be a little more reasonable and you can catch a trolley to the ballpark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FutureRedsGM
    I have stayed just across the river in KY before. The hotel rates there seem to be a little more reasonable and you can catch a trolley to the ballpark.
    Do the trollies run 24x7, I am not sure what time that night game wil be over?

    Thanks for the info.

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    I would also recommend going to the Reds Hall of Fame. Allow yourself at least an hour to go through the place. This weekend I believe is the induction weekend for the Hall of Fame.

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    Re: Great American Ballpark Advice

    Stayed in Cincy many times but never in KY. What are the closest places to stay in KY? Are any of the places close to the Newport Aquarium?
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    More places to stay in Covington. And the walk across the bridge is not that bad. Take the trollies over to the Aquarium/Newport on the Levee if you wish.
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    Wish I could remember where I stayed in Covington this May, they had a shuttle bus that would take you to the ballpark for $1. It ran late, too, I went to a night game that lasted 11 innings and the busses were still running after that. I believe it was the Radisson, but I'll have to confirm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Serafini
    Wish I could remember where I stayed in Covington this May, they had a shuttle bus that would take you to the ballpark for $1. It ran late, too, I went to a night game that lasted 11 innings and the busses were still running after that. I believe it was the Radisson, but I'll have to confirm.

    The shuttle busses show up outside the ballpark a few minutes after gametime, for Covington and Newport, and if there are more riders than the busses will hold, they send more busses. It is a great way to go to the game if you are staying in a hotel on the KY side.

    You can get a good hotel for 35 or 40 bucks on priceline. The area along the riverfront includes both the Ohio downtown area and the Ky side. If you bid for a room in the area, you will most likely get one in downtown Cincinnati. IO've done this alot, and have never had any problems at all.

    I know that last year, the busses made stops at the Radisson, the Courtyard by Marriott, the Holiday Inn, and the Marriott. They had quit stopping at the Hampton Inn, but it is pretty closae to the Holiday Inn
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    Here is a map of the Hotel Locations. (Have fun)

    http://www.cincinnatiusa.com/Map/nea...er%20Boulevard
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    RBA highly recommends the Travelodge in Newport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R
    RBA highly recommends the Travelodge in Newport.
    Wow, you cannot beat the price and it is just across the river.

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    Re: Great American Ballpark Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by 2001MUgrad
    The Gameday Cafe is not a bad place to grab a bite before the game. Its on the main street there around the basketball arena. I don't know any street names or anything on that, so you'd need to check with someone more familar with Cincy.
    It is located on E. Pete Rose Way (turns into Eastern Ave.) below the GABP and US Bank Arena just past the Taylor Southgate bridge. It is indeed a decent place to get a drink or food before the game. My only problem is that Some of the bartenders are very nice to look at but very stuck up. I usually go get a couple beers ($3) before the game.

    Another good place is the Rock Bottom Brewery which has excellent food and beer and is only a few blocks away on Fountain Square (5th and Vine).

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    Re: Great American Ballpark Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by goreds2
    Wow, you cannot beat the price and it is just across the river.

    http://www.cincinnatiusa.com/Hotels/...asp?HotelID=27
    You can also find a wide variety of local "salespeople" who "work" out of there.
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