]. The new Great American Ball Park and old Riverfront Stadium were 26 inches apart at its closest point during this time. Place, SkyDome) installed sliding pits as the original layout, and the existing artificial turf fields in San Francisco, Houston, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis would change to the cut-out configuration within the next few years. [4] The astroturf panels covering the tracks could be seen in left field during Reds games. [5] A variation of this design was also used at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh.

The schedule of those events was clearly labeled “ALL FUNCTIONS ARE STAG AFFAIRS,” but the wives of Reds staff members and the team’s female support group, the Rosie Reds, tried to keep the women guests entertained. In order for the stadium to be converted to football, the lower field box seats for baseball from home plate to the left field foul line were moved on wheels so the field could be converted to a football gridiron. The game became known as the Freezer Bowl and was won by the Bengals over the San Diego Chargers, 27–7. Two finalists in each of four age groups – 9, 10, 11 and 12 – competed for the title, the survivors of a nationwide contest that started with 300,000 boys. For many in baseball, Riverfront Stadium was just another cookie cutter baseball stadium. A three level parking garage accommodating 2,500 cars encased the stadium with the entry gates to the stadium on the second (green) level. A 40-foot (12 m) wall was built in deep center field to prevent easy home runs.

Talks did not intensify until the 1960s when owner Bill Dewitt wanted a new stadium built in the Blue Ash area of Cincinnati. They posted a 5–1 record in playoff games played in Riverfront Stadium, with victories over the Buffalo Bills (twice), San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, and Houston Oilers. Most of the players still were enroute to Cincinnati when festivities started on Sunday night with cocktails and a reception at the Netherland Hilton Hotel, the media headquarters. The second was Baltimore catcher Elrod Hendricks’ tag of Bernie Carbo as he slid home with the potential go-ahead run in the sixth inning of Game One of the World Series. (Shea Stadium in New York had featured a similar movable field-level seats design from its debut in 1964 until the Jets moved to Giants Stadium in New Jersey in 1984, after which the Mets retrofitted Shea for exclusive baseball use. Their only home playoff loss came to the New York Jets. -Architect: Heery & Heery and Finch, Alexander, Barnes, Rothschild and Pashal [ TAKE THE GAMES WITH YOU: Download the Cincinnati.com Sports app. Lindsey Nelson wandered through stands interviewing celebrities after handling the player introductions before the game. -Capacity: 52,952 (original), 40,008 (final) If not for Rose’s heroics, if the game had been as routine as the previous year’s 9-3 NL rout, then it would have been almost anti-climactic to the events leading up to it. Among special guests on hand for the game were President Richard M. Nixon, who threw the ceremonial first pitch, and the finalists in baseball’s Pitch-Hit-and-Throw competition, the sports answer to the NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick promotion. The World Series had visited the Reds' previous home, Crosley Field, just three times in its final 31 years, (1939, 1940, 1961) but it came to Riverfront in its first year (1… The new stadiums that would follow (Veterans Stadium, Royals Stadium, Louisiana Superdome, Olympic Stadium (Montreal), Exhibition Stadium, Kingdome, Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, B.C. The air temperature during the game was −9 °F (−23 °C) and the wind chill was −37 °F (−38 °C), the coldest in NFL history. – Closed: September 22, 2002, -Demolished: December 29, 2002 After over two years of construction, the Reds played their first game at Riverfront Stadium on June 30, 1970 against the Atlanta Braves.

Carbo missed the plate, Hendricks tagged him with an empty glove while holding the ball in his throwing hand, and plate umpire Ken Burkhart was looking the wrong way after getting tangled up in the scrum. In 1998, the Reds announced that a new ballpark would be built next to Cinergy Field.

-Dimensions: 330-L, 404-C, 330-R (original),  325-L, 393-C, 325-R (final) During this time both the Reds and Bengals sought to have new, separate stadiums built. Second base occupied the spot where the home of Roy Rogers, the singing cowboy, once stood.

Riverfront Stadium quickly earned a place in Cincinnati's century-long baseball tradition as the home of one of the best teams in baseball history. In 2001, to make room for Great American Ball Park, the seating capacity at Cinergy Field was reduced to 39,000. They included a Hospitality Room in the third-floor Julep Room for the wives of the writers, broadcasters and baseball officials on hand for the game and a Tuesday “Tour of the Seven Hills” for one dollar.

Riverfront Stadium was similar to every other multipurpose, cookie-cutter stadium built in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Defunct stadiums of the National Football League, †= Team's stadium under construction or refurbishment at time, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/past/RiverfrontStadium.htm, http://mlb.mlb.com/nym/ballpark/history.jsp, http://www.steelersfever.com/three_rivers_stadium.html, "2009 University of Cincinnati Football Media Guide", Paul McCartney Setlist Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA on 5 May 1993, "You don't live in Cleveland, you live in Cincinnati! Over a span of fewer than three months, that circle of dirt surrounded by Astroturf was the scene of two plays that have earned places among baseball’s most iconic. Curt Gowdy and two former Yankees, Tony Kubek and Mickey Mantle, handled the television announcing duties, while Jim Simpson and Sandy Koufax called the game on NBC Radio. It was the home to many great players and some of the best teams in in baseball during the 1970s with the Big Red Machine. Ballots were available from May 30 through June 28 at 150 major- and minor-league ballparks.

No part of this page may be reproduced without permission from Ballparks of Baseball. On defense, the fast surface and virtually dirtless infield (see photo) rewarded range and quickness by both outfielders and infielders, like shortstop Dave Concepción who used the turf to bounce many of his long throws to first. For fans in Cincinnati it was a place where they could come to see the Reds play each summer. The first, of course, was Pete Rose’s bone-crushing collision with Cleveland catcher Ray Fosse that handed the National League a dramatic 5-4, 12-inning win over the American League in the 41st annual All-Star Game. Riverfront Stadium, also known as Cinergy Field from 1996 to 2002, was a multi-purpose stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States that was the home of the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball from 1970 through 2002 and the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League from 1970 to 1999. Contact us with any problems on this page. Home of the Big Red Machine of the 1970s. Riverfront Stadium hosted the 1988 AFC Championship, as the Bengals beat the Buffalo Bills 21–10 to advance to their second Super Bowl appearance.



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