|Great American Ball Park
is the home of Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds. The name reflects the owner of the park's naming rights, Cincinnati-based Great American Insurance Group. Former Cincinnati Reds majority owner Carl Lindner, Jr. is Great American Insurance Group's majority owner.
The park opened on March 28, 2003 with an exhibition game against the Cleveland Indians where the ceremonial first pitch was thrown by former President George H. W. Bush. President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch before the Reds' April 4, 2006 opening day game against the Chicago Cubs.
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Great American Ball Park is located at 100 Joe Nuxhall Way (formerly 100 Main Street) in downtown Cincinnati
on the Ohio River
between U.S. Bank Arena
and the former site of Cinergy Field
. It was built on a plot of land informally known as "the wedge".
Building Great American Ball Park
, Hamilton County
voters passed a one-half percent sales tax
increase to fund the building of two new facilities for both the Cincinnati Reds and the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals
. Previously, the teams shared occupancy of Cinergy Field
, but complained that the aging multipurpose facility lacked modern amenities and other things necessary for small market teams to survive.
To accommodate construction on the small plot, Cinergy Field was partially demolished, although it remained in use until Great American Ball Park was ready. Cinergy Field, which opened midway through the 1970
season as Riverfront Stadium, was demolished on December 29
. A 35' (11 m) wide break in the stands between home plate and third base called "The Gap" is bridged by the concourse on each level (see photo). Aligned with Sycamore Street, it provides views into the stadium from downtown and out to the skyline from within the park.
Pepsi Power Stacks.
In right center field, two smokestacks -- reminiscent of the steamboat
s that were common on the Ohio River in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries -- flash lights, emit smoke and launch fireworks to incite or respond to the home team's efforts. When the Reds strike out a batter, smoke blows out of the stacks. Fireworks are launched from the stacks after every Reds home run and win.
The Spirit of Baseball.
A 50 foot by 20 foot (15 by 6 m
) limestone bas relief
carving near the main entrance features a young baseball player looking up to the heroic figures of a batter, pitcher and fielder, all set against the background of many of Cincinnati's landmarks, including the riverfront and Union Terminal. The piece was sculpted between 2002 and 2003 by local artists Todd Myers and Paul Brooke.
A mosaic paying tribute to two legendary Reds teams: the 1869
Red Stockings, Major League Baseball's first professional team, and the 1975 Big Red Machine
club that won the first of two consecutive World Series
, are just inside the main entrance.
Panoramas of downtown Cincinnati, Mt. Adams, the Ohio River and Northern Kentucky
are visible from most of the park (see main photo).
At 217 feet, 9 inches (66 m) wide, the scoreboard is the third largest in Major League Baseball; only the scoreboards at Denver's Coors Field
and Detroit's Comerica Park
, respectively, are larger. The scoreboard clock is a replica of the Longines clock at Crosley Field. 
The Toyota Tundra Home Run Deck.
If a Reds player hits the truck during a home run, one randomly selected lucky fan will take home the $31,000 vehicle situated on the elevated platform that is approximately 500 feet from home plate beyond the center field fence.
As a nod to Crosley Field
, the Reds' home from 1912
-1970, a monument was created in front of the main entrance to highlight the park's infamous left-field terrace. Bronze statues of Crosley-era stars Joe Nuxhall
, Ernie Lombardi
, Ted Kluszewski
, and Frank Robinson
(created by sculptor Thomas Tsuchiya
) are depicted playing in an imaginary ballgame. The grass area of the terrace has the same slope as the outfield terrace at Crosley Field. 
A three-piece mural on the back of the scoreboard in left-field depicts the bat Pete Rose
used for his record-breaking
4,192nd hit and the ball he hit in 1985
Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.
Located on the west side of Great American Ball Park on Main Street, the Hall of Fame and Museum
celebrate the Reds' past through galleries and extensive use of multimedia. Although theoretically in existence since 1958
, there was no actual building until it was built as part of Great American Ball Park.
"Rounding third and heading for home..."
The trademark signoff phrase of former Reds pitcher and longtime radio announcer Joe Nuxhall
is depicted on the rear of the third base stands on the north side of Great American Ball Park.
The Home Runs
The homer-friendly nature of the park has led to the nickname "Great American Smallpark" among both fans and players. "If you put [the ball] in the air here you've got a chance for it to go out of the ballpark," former Reds Manager Jerry Narron
Above the Batter's eye, new for the 2007 season.
100 Joe Nuxhall Way
The official address for Great American Ball Park. It was created on June 10, 2008 in honor of the late Joe Nuxhall, who passed away on November 15, 2007. His major league debut was on June 10, 1944, when Nuxhall was 15 years old.
With a new park, the Reds' ownership decided to update the mascot as well. Thus, in 2002, a contest to name the new mascot was created at Redsfest, the team's annual fan convention. "Gapper" made his debut on opening day, 2003. Gapper is available for special appearances at corporate events, parties, and visits to Reds fans at assisted living
Notable non-baseball events
- On October 31, 2004, President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush held a campaign rally in Great American Ball Park. Two Hall of Famers, former Reds catcher Johnny Bench and Reds announcer Marty Brennaman, were in attendance.
- Ticket windows: 25
- Concourse widths: 40 feet (12 m)
- Escalators: 3
- Passenger elevators: 14
- Public restrooms: 47 (20 women, 20 men, seven family)
- Concession stands: 28
- Parking spaces: 850