Friday we visited our 3rd major league baseball park – the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio to see the San Francisco Giants play the Cincinnati Reds. The park gets its name from the Great American Insurance Group which owns the naming rights for the park. The park was built in 2003 to replace the Cinergy Stadium which was used by both the Reds and the NFL Brengals.
Unlike PNC Park and Safeco Field this park does not provide views of the city while watching the game. We got to the park early and I took a walk around the park. As I walked around the main level of the park I was surprised to find suites on the main level from home plate all the way around to third base. I did not like the fact that these suites block the view of the game while people visit the concession stands. The park has some really nice scoreboards for other games that are being played that show the number of whom is at bat, base runners and number of outs. The only problem with them is they only have six and the concentrate on the National League.
The food side of the park the Great American Ballpark was excellent. We started our ballpark dinner with huge ice pops. We then got some smoked wings from Mr. Reds Smokehouse which were really good, not just for ballpark wings. Leslie took a little walk and saw a vendor that was selling something called Sausage Bleu Fries. This sounded like something that had to be tried. The fries were not cooked as much as they should have been but the blue cheese sauce was really nice, and the sausage chunks were a good match. They are not garlic fries – but we had to admit they were great.
Oh yes there was a baseball game also. The game was great. The game went into extra innings and the Reds won. After the game there was a fireworks show set to music from the sixties. It was a fantastic fireworks show set to some classic songs.
Three parks down – 27 more to go.