Great American Ball Park is a baseball stadium located on the winding banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. With a capacity of 43,500, it serves as the home stadium of the Cincinnati Reds, baseballs first professional franchise. The stadium opened on March 31st, 2003, replacing Cinergy Field (formerly Riverfront Stadium), the Reds’ home field from 1970 to 2002.

Great American Ball Park was built by the architectural firms HOK Sport and GBBN at a cost of approximately US$290 million. It is located on the plot of land between the former site of Riverfront Stadium and Heritage Bank Center. The limited construction space necessitated the partial demolition of Cinergy Field. It was fully demolished on December 29th, 2002.

In 1996, Hamilton County voters passed a ½% sales tax increase to fund construction of new venues for both the Reds and the Cincinnati Bengals (NFL). Great American Insurance bought the naming rights to the new stadium at US$75 million for 30 years.

Cincinnati Reds Great American Ball Park
Cincinnati Airport

How to Get to Cincinnati

The nearest international airport is Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) which is 14 miles from Great American Ball Park. There are limited direct flight options from London, with a flight time of 8-9 hours. Alternatively, you could select a flight with a layover and use Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport (LUK) which is only 7 miles from the ballpark.

If you are already in the US and looking to travel to/from Cincinnati, then you have the choice of most US domestic airlines including Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, Frontier Airlines, Jet Blue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airways and WestJet.

Public Transport

Great American Ball Park is at the corner of Second Street and Joe Nuxhall Way in downtown Cincinnati. One way to get there is by using the Cincinnati Bell Connector, which is Cincinnati’s modern streetcar system on a 3.6-mile loop connecting the riverfront at The Banks, Downtown and Over-the-Rhine. The streetcar is free to ride, and Station 1 at The Banks is just steps away from Great American Ball Park.

You could also make use of apps such as Moovit to get directions to the arena using public transportation. Rideshare services such as Uber or Lyft are also available in the vicinity.

Cincinnati Transit Map

Staying in Cincinnati

Beyond the Airbnb and Sonder options there are many hotels near Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati. Some popular options include the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel, and the AC Hotel by Marriott Cincinnati at The Banks, which can all be booked directly or via one of the hotel reservation booking sites.

Downtown Cincinnati offers diverse neighbourhoods and a variety of attractions for tourists. Some of the must-see sights include the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the Krohn Conservatory.

Cincinnati Reds Tickets

The Cincinnati Reds sell their tickets via and the MLB Ballpark App.

SeatGeek has replaced StubHub as the official ticket resale partner for MLB.

Baseball fans can still use other resale ticket marketplaces to buy and sell tickets to MLB games. MLB will verify those tickets so buyers know they’re getting a legitimate ticket.

Here are links to the main ticket resale sites. Click on the link, which will open up a new window, and you can compare the prices on the different ticket resell sites, bearing in mind that the prices shown are before the selling platforms fees are added, so take time to have a read of my tips to Buying Tickets in North America.

I recommend downloading the Ballpark App to your phone as it contains a lot of Gameday information for the Ballpark you are visiting and a place to check in and record all the baseball games you have been to.

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