Stadiums of the Cincinnati Reds Page 1

-(1869-1870)Union Grounds

Capacity: ~4,000 people

This was the first ballpark to be used by the first Cincinnati Red Stockings team. It was built in 1856, and the official name was "Lincoln Park Grounds." It was

also used before the team went professional starting in 1867 and for other baseball teams previously, as well as after the origional Cincinnati Red Stockings team

was disbanded.

-(1876-1879)Avenue Grounds

Capacity: ~3,000 people

This ballpark was used for the second Cincinnati Red Stockings playing field. The ballpark was built in 1875, nearly 4 miles from downtown Cincinnati. This was

one of the major flaws, as it was relativly costly and lengthy of a trip for most going to the games. The stadium remainded standing until around 1900 for use in

minor local baseball clubs. The area is now the site of a couple major factories.

-(1880, 1882-1883)Bank Street Grounds

Capacity: ~3,000 people

This ballpark was like most of the other ones, in the Mill Creek valley, and was close to the site of the next 3 ballparks. It was used by both the second Cincinnati

Red Stockings team, and the current Cincinnati Reds team. As Cincinnati was still not the only professional team in town, another team bought the stadium out

from the Cincinnati Reds, so the Reds looked for a new venue.

-(1884-1900)League Park

Capacity: ~3,000 people

The Reds now had a much more permanent site for playing, one that lasted over 85 years until the Reds moved to the riverfront. The home plate and grand stand

location shifted multiple times when to have more seating and a larger outfield, the home plate was shifted

to another corner of the land plot, and the remaining seating was kept. The 1885 World Series was held at

League Park, despite the Reds not being a part of it. In 1900, the newer grand stand built in 1894 burned

down, and the Reds continued to play at the old grand stand until a larger new one was built.

-(1902-1911)Palace of the Fans

Capacity: ~6,000 people

The park was designed in a grand Roman and Greek mixed architecture, and was the second grand stand

ever in baseball to be made primarily out of concrete. The ballpark also had some of the earliest premium

box seating in baseball. In 1902, the stadium was flooded with an attendence of 10,000 fans at a game. Also

an exhibition game took place with the first ever successful attempt at holding a night time lit gamein 1909.

Demand for much more seating with growing popularity of the Reds and baseball, plus deteriorating of the

grandstand rapidly lead to it's end after only 10 years.

-(1912-1970)Redland Field (Crosley Field)

Capacity: ~20,700 people (1912-1926) ~26,000 people (1927-1937) ~30,000 people (1938-1970)

This stadium was a drastic step up in scale from the previous fields. The stadium was one of the first in a golden age of 1910s-1920s classic stadiums built all

across the Northeast and Midwest. The stadium, despite being far larger than previous Reds facitities, was still by the 1920s one of the smaller MLB stadiums, and

by the late 60s, one of the smallest stadiums. Redland Field saw many bad years through the 1910s, 1920s, and early 30s, but also the Red's first World Series win

in 1919 since when in the American League in the 1880s. After the stadium and franchise had gone through rough times, Crosley Field fell into a state of near

disrepair. Millionaire Crosley Powell bought the Reds franchise, and gradually brought the team to greatness, and improved Crosely Field greatly. The stadium

became the first one in the Major League to have field lighting for night games. In early 1937, Crosley Field was submerged 21 feet in water from an extreme

flood, and took a few months to repair. In 1938, Crosley Field hosted the first All-Star game to come to Cincinnati. In 1939, the stadium saw a major expansion

adding over 5,000 seats. In both 1939 and 1940, Crosley field was home to the Reds making it to the World Series. Crosley Field began it's deline in the 1950s as

car usage to get places grew rapidly, and there was simply not enough parking. Entire blocks of the surrounding neighborhood were torn down to fix the problem,

but still, there were parking problems. Crime around the park also grew, and the Crosley Field was becoming too small and out of date for a growing Reds

fanbase. Combining those problems with Cincinnati's desire for a serious football team, and the new Riverfront Stadium was under construction by the late 1960s.

Crosley Field saw it's last use by the Reds in the 1970 Reds season. Crosley Field was also at times used for football teams, musical concerts, and even a rodeo.

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