Cincinnati Reds Stadium
Cincinnati Reds – Great American Ballpark
100 Joe Nuxhall Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202
The Cincinnati Reds stadium, Great American Ballpark, is located right in the middle of downtown Cincinnati along the Ohio River.
If you’re flying into the city for a game, the Cincinnati airport is actually in Kentucky, but it’s only 8 miles from the Cincinnati Reds stadium. It’s very close and easy access from I-71/I-75, then over the Ohio River Bridge and into downtown. The airport is in Covington, Ky (CVG).
Since 2003 the Reds have been playing at Great American Ballpark. It's a nice family atmosphere and they really cater to the kids with "Run the bases days" after some Sunday afternoon games, free shirt give-a-ways, poster give-a-ways, baseball card give-a-ways, you get the picture.
Unlike their old home, Riverfront Stadium / Cinergy Field, the new Cincinnati Reds stadium is an open-air stadium.
You can take in the view of the river watching all of the boats and barges go up and down the river from your seat in the stands.
Finding a place to park at the Cincinnati Reds stadium is relatively easy. There are plenty of parking lots and garages in the area. You can park in a garage next to Great American Ballpark for $6.00. The area where the old stadium, Cinergy Field was located has been under construction for some time.
Recently, it cost $10 to park in the lot between Great American Ballpark and Paul Brown Stadium, but that area has been developed into a parking garage and restaurants.
If you look at the picture to the left and wonder why I have on a Dodgers shirt at a Reds game in Cincinnati, there are a couple of good reasons for that on my About Us page.
Many garages in downtown run $10 for parking, but you can find a few that are just $5 if you don’t mind parking a few blocks further away. There is a garage at 3rd and Race St. for that price with signs pointing you there.
On the weekend, street parking is free, so get there early if you want to try and snag a free spot.
Not long ago, if you were going to a game at the Cincinnati Reds stadium, you could park on the Kentucky side for free. It was easy access to walk across the bridge, but now with parking restrictions it’s virtually impossible to do that.
Finding Good Tickets
For almost any game, you can walk up the day of the game and be able to get a ticket.
The Reds have promotional offers for some games, so be on the lookout for those. One of the special offers is for the head of household to pay full price and every other ticket for the rest of the family is ½ price. They have these special prices many times during the season. It's a great deal! If there aren't any specials going on for the game you want to attend, the price of a ticket is still very reasonable. Upper level tickets at the Cincinnati Reds stadium will cost less the $20.
The least expensive way to purchase tickets is at the stadium box office. You won't have service charges or handling fees if you buy them directly from the team at the box office. Tickets generally go on sale for online purchase in February or March, it just depends on the year. At that tiime you can buy tickets to any game in the regular season.
I've set up an area on this website where you can get tickets to a game that come from resale inventory, which means someone purchased the tickets in advance and can no longer use them. I have an interactive seating chart to help find the seats you like too. Click on a section then get a picture of what the view looks like from that section. I like to have an idea of what my seat view and sight lines will look like before I go to a game at a ballpark that I haven't been to before. Although it's not a problem with Target Field, some stadiums, like Wrigley Field have a number of I-beams and columns that can get in your way of seeing the game.
You can view the Cincinnati Reds schedule and see the interactive seating chart here. In January thru March you can also check out their spring training schedule here as well.
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Matthew Silverman is a long time Mets fan and an associate editor of the ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia.
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Stuart Shea is the editor of Fantasy Baseball Index magazine and associate editor of the ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia.
If the Reds are playing a game against an opponent that they want to fill the stands as much as possible, they’ll have food specials, like $1 hot dogs and $1 soda and as much as you can carry. It’s funny to see groups of college guys carrying a mound of hot dogs back to their seats!
You may not believe this, but you can actually bring in your own water bottles and soda! It just can’t be in a glass container or already opened. In these days of not being allowed to bring anything into a game, it’s nice to see that at the Cincinnati Reds stadium you can still do that.
Street vendors sell water and peanuts outside the stadium too that are cheaper than you can get them inside. If you forget to bring some, you can still save a few bucks before you get inside.
Cincinnati is famous for Skyline chili. And, they have this inside the ballpark. My wife loves it! They also carry UDF (Unified Dairy Farmers) ice cream. If you’re an ice cream lover like me, I seem to always “need” a little of that myself.
If you’re going to an afternoon game at the Cincinnati Reds stadium, sitting along the 3rd base side will have you in the sun the entire game. If you don’t like to sit in the sun and the heat, the last 5-6 rows of the upper-deck have an awning to shade you from the sun. Likewise, the lower level seats under the upper deck over-hang are also shaded.
If you sit in the lower-numbered seats you may have people coming up the stairs who will block your view of the field. Likewise, sitting in the first row of the upper deck, the guard rail blocks your view and you may need to sit up on the edge of your seat to get a good view.
Another option, if you don’t mind paying a little more for your seats is getting tickets for the 300 Club Level. With tickets to sit in this area, you can sit in the stands or stay inside in an air-conditioned club area.
If you sit inside, there are barstools against the windows for you to watch the game or monitors if you’d like to sit on a more comfy chair or couch away from the windows. The food is a little more expensive on this level, but it sure is nice and comfortable! The restrooms even have tiled floors in that area.
Get more information on where to sit at the Cincinnati Reds stadium by viewing the Great American Ballpark seating chart page.
After the game
There are plenty of restaurants and bars to eat at in downtown Cincinnati, but I’d recommend going across the river to Newport, Ky.
They restored part of the riverfront into some upscale shops, a mall and plenty of restaurants like Brios and Moe’s Southwestern Grill.
It’s also where the Newport Aquarium is located. On some evenings when the weather is nice there’s live music outdoors. Check it out!
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