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James Sutton, St. Louis, MO -- Oct 10, 2006 11:09 AM
1 visit(s). My rating: 6
I went to a few games back in the mid to late 1980's when visiting family that lived there at the time. This was another cookie-cutter ballpark. It seemed small and void of any personality or identity. Even though it seemed smaller than Busch II, the upper deck seemed further from the field and the incline of the sections seemed steeper. The place did look nicer when they added natural grass as well as opening up the outfield, enabling fans to watch thier new ballpark rise up.

Steve Alspach, Chicago, IL -- Apr 25, 2017 13:36 PM
10 visit(s). My rating: 6
I was at the first Reds game here (June 30, 1970), and for a few years we all ooh-ed and aah-ed at this new ballpark. Then, somewhere around 1974 or 1975, the park seemed to lose its charm. It's best features were probably outside the park - easy access on foot and by car, and its appearance when you hit the Mt. Adams crest on Columbia Parkway. The upper level seats were a bit brutal to navigate, even if you could get a "top 6" seat for $3 in the 80s and 90s, and the whole symmetrical Astroturf thing wore out its appeal rather quickly. I think it was when they knocked out the outfield seats that people realized how the stadium should have been built. Food was good, and a few local brews as well. But there was some good baseball to be had there during the 70s. It was the best of times...

Shane Schirmer, Medina, OH -- Oct 09, 2019 17:01 PM
10 visit(s). My rating: 5
I went to college in Cincinnati, and lived there for over 20 years, so I went to this place early and often. It was pretty bad, until they decided to tear it down. THEN, they turned it to real grass, and opened up the outfield. If they had done that 20 years earlier, it wouldn't have been such a dump! Dump or not, I had a lot of good, wholesome, drunken baseball fun here in the 1990s.

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