Venue Rating report for Great American Ballpark

Great American Ballpark

Cincinnati, OH, USA

Venue Rating by AndyB

Venue Rating

Ratings survey
Outside appearance
Nice job of mixing in the modern and history elements of downtown Cincinnati. The stadium has a classic look to it and has statues outside of Reds' greats.  
Interior first impressions
Walking in behind the home plate gate, you are immediately greeted with a "turn of the century" atmosphere with the classic red-and-white candy striper staff. It has a really nice, welcoming nostalgic feel to it. To the right is the "fresh fruit" stand with healthy options. To the left is a galley of food options from the standard fare to local favorites like (Skyline Chili!).  
Game day atmosphere
People in Cincinnati love their Reds! The crowd is a sea of Red and Reds merchandise is very proudly worn.  
Food & beverage
There are a ton of food options throughout the lower concourse. You can find standard burgers and hot dogs, local favs like chili and grilled sausage, high end barbeque andy almost anything else you would want. The Brewery District gives you a taste of almost any local beer you could thing of, in addition to the major national brands.  
Amenities/special features
The kids zone has a miniature field where kids can test their skills between innings. The steamboat in the outfield is a private party area, but adds a nice touch. From the south side of the stadium, you get great views of the Ohio River and the numerous bridges spanning it and the barges going down the river. The main concourse is wide and nicely laid out with a ton of food choices. Outside the stadium, you can stroll the riverfront - which includes Paul Brown Stadium and US Bank Arena.  
Pre-game options
You are not really going to do any pregame tailgating as there are no surface lots around the stadium. It is a nice stroll along the riverfront though and walking over to the Kentucky side offers some nice views of the stadium and downtown.  
The prices were not terrible for a major league park.  
This park fits Cincinnati! It has the nostalgic elements of the early 1900s and nicely blends in the Ohio River cultural elements too. The stadium opens up with the river and bridges in the background. It is fun to just stroll the stadium!  
Wow factor
I don't know that this stadium has the "wow factor" as much as the "gee wiz!" reaction! They were going for nostalgia and they hit the mark. The stadium is an enjoyable one to visit, but you will not get lost in the "wow" and instead can take it all in...  
Getting there/accessibility
The stadium is right on the waterfront in downtown. There is a major highway running right by the stadium, but that can back up before or after the game. Most of parking is parking decks, so getting in or out can be an issue - if you can find a spot, worth parking a couple blocks away on downtown streets.  
Surrounding area
Waterfront park is a nice stroll before or after the game. There are a lot of panhandlers around, so don't be alarmed.  
Home team fans
They love their Reds!  
Overall rating
The stadium is a nice mix of old and new blending amenities with nostalgia.  
Event details
Visit date
Jun 29, 2015  
Minnesota Twins @ Cincinnati Reds