Great American Ball Park Field to Be Auctioned to Fans
Rob Butcher / Director of Media Relations
CINCINNATI – Reds fans can soon bring a piece of Great American Ball Park to their backyards – literally.
Beginning on tomorrow (Tuesday, October 3) at noon, the Reds Community Fund will sell authentic sod samples from the Reds ballpark exclusively at reds.com.
A total of 150 individual pieces of sod from the ballpark’s playing surface will be auctioned off in 12” x 20” sections. Each section of sod costs $50 and comes with an official certificate of authenticity from Reds Chief Executive Officer Robert H. Castellini and Great American Ball Park Head Groundskeeper Doug A. Gallant. Instructions on how to care for the sod will also be provided.
Buyers will be able to pick up the sod samples at the Fan Zone at Great American Ball Park at a time and date to be determined. Sod samples cannot be shipped, so the RCF encourages local buyers only.
The sod at Great American Ball Park is comprised of five varieties of Kentucky bluegrass and was custom grown for the Reds in Brookville, Ind. It was replaced this year after four seasons of use. Parts of the field have been replaced since its original installation, but never the whole field. This is the first time Great American Ball Park sod pieces will be available for sale to the general public.
In addition to the first Opening Day of Great American Ball in 2003, this field has seen visits by two Presidents (George H.W. Bush in 2003 and George W. Bush in 2006) and one Vice President (Dick Cheney in 2004), the only game in Major League Baseball history with three members of the 500 home-run club (Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa and Ken Griffey Jr. in 2005), the longest recorded home run in Reds history (Adam Dunn’s 535-foot shot in 2004) and countless other ceremonies, milestones, a uniform-number retirement (Sparky Anderson’s No. 10) and four Reds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
For more information on the Reds Community Fund, please visit www.redscommunityfund.com
. To make a purchase, please visit reds.com.