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12/30/2002 Archived Entry: "Today's MLB News:Cinergy Comes Down"

Today's MLB News by Eric Gartman

Cinergy Field Comes Down- Cincinnati's Cinergy Field, formerly known as Riverfront Stadium, came down yesterday in a mere 38 seconds, ending 32 years of baseball history there. Cinergy field will be replaced by the baseball only Great American Ballpark, a 42,000-thousand seat structure next to the old site. During its existence, Riverfront was home to the Big Red Machine in the 1970's, as well as Pete Rose's 4,192nd hit.

As Baseball Guru's resident business guru, some people have been asking me what economic impact the new stadium will have on the team. As we all know, the Reds have been struggling as of late, not having reached the playoffs since 1995 (although they came within one game in 1999). The new park should definately attract more fans, especially in its first few years. Riverfront Stadium was a classic "cookie-cutter" park, built for two sports, with no defining characteristics, save for its ugly astroturf. The Great American Ballpark looks like a magnificent shrine for baseball, with only 42,000 seats as opposed to Riverfront's cavernous 55,000. The new park is also built on the river, but unlike the old one, it is open on the side facing the Ohio river, affording a spectacular view, much like the new park in Pittsburgh. Along with the new increase in revenue-sharing, the Reds should have more money to work with over the next few years. It remains to be see, however, just how much money that will be, and if it will be enough. But at least the franchise is heading in the right direction. I look forward to the first day of baseball in the Queen City!

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