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This page contains everything you need to know about Great American Ball Park in Ohio, including how to get in contact, if there is sports betting available at Great American Ball Park, and much more.

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Great American Ballpark in Ohio is the home of the Cincinnati Reds and one of the best ballparks in Major League Baseball (MLB). Just outside the outfield walls, Great American Ball Park offers fans a scenic view of downtown Cincinnati and the Ohio River. With extravagant luxury suites and club seating, the ballpark has also entered the world of sports betting, thanks to a multi-year partnership with BetMGM Sportsbook.

Reds legend Pete Rose is also honored at Great American Ball Park with an area called the Rose Gardens, which complements the Power Stacks in right field. It’s not just baseball games that Great American Ball Park in Ohio hosts, however, as there are concerts and other events throughout the year.

Let’s take a closer look at what else to expect when visiting Great American Ball Park in Ohio.

About Great American Ball Park in Ohio

Great American Ball Park in Ohio is home to MLB’s Cincinnati Reds who play in the National League Central Division. Opening their doors in time for the 2003 MLB season, the ballpark replaced Cinergy Field, formerly known as Riverfront Stadium where the Reds played their home games from 1970 to 2002.

Breaking ground on August 1, 2000, the ballpark had their opening ceremony on March 21, 2003. Just before then, the insurance company Great American Insurance bought the naming rights to the stadium for $75 million on a 30-year deal. 

The stadium was built by famed architect firms HOK Sport (Populous) and GBBN, coming in with a price tag of approximately $290 million, with an initial capacity of 42, 271. A renovation in 2021 expanded that maximum capacity to 43,500. It is built on the grounds of the former site of Riverfront Stadium, which was demolished on December 29, 2002.

Located at 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Great American Ball Park is known for some of its unique features, including The Gap, the Power Stacks, The Spirit of Baseball, and Mosaics. Most notably, the Power Stacks, which sit in right-center field, were built in honor of the steamboats that were typical on the Ohio River in the 19th and 20th centuries. Each time a Reds’ pitcher strikes out a batter, fire emits from the stacks, and each time a Reds’ player hits a home run, fireworks emit are launched from the stacks.

Is there sports betting at Great American Ball Park?

Yes, there is OH sports betting right across the street from Great American Ball Park at BetMGM Sportsbook. Initially located inside Great American Ball Park, it was announced in June 2023 that the BetMGM Sportsbook at the ballpark would move across the street to the corner of 2nd Street and Joe Nuxhall Way, an area formerly called Galla Park.

In addition to a full-scale sportsbook that offers betting windows and a self-service kiosk, the sportsbook also features a Nation Kitchen & Bar, one of four in the city of Cincinnati. BetMGM Sportsbook at The Banks is the best gaming and dining experience in Cincinnati, with a great environment both on game days and throughout the year. For BetMGM Rewards members, there is a VIP Lounge at the BetMGM Sportsbook which features a private bar, luxurious seating, and high-end sports viewing and dining experience.

Great American Ball Park and BetMGM Sportsbook partnership

Already with a brick-and-mortar presence in Northfield, OH (BetMGM Northfield Park), BetMGM Sportsbook Ohio inked a deal to become the official sports betting partner of the Cincinnati Reds in October of 2022. The multi-year agreement came just a few months ahead of the official launch of legal sports betting in Ohio and initially put a sportsbook directly inside of Great American Ball Park in Ohio, home of the Reds.

At the time, the BetMGM Sportsbook became one of just two MLB teams to have a sportsbook in their stadium, with the other being Nationals Park in Washington, DC.

As one of the most prominent names in the world of sports betting, BetMGM Sportsbook was instantly a hit inside Great American Ball Park and was open not only on game days but throughout the year. The Great American Ball Park and BetMGM Sportsbook partnership also gave the gaming behemoth exclusive sports betting advertising rights throughout the stadium.

To have more space, BetMGM Sportsbook moved their operations across the street to The Banks, just across the street from the stadium. Also featuring a great restaurant in Cincinnati’s own Nation Kitchen & Bar, the BetMGM Sportsbook at The Banks is one of the best places in Ohio to take in a sporting event.

History of the Great American Ball Park

  • 2000: On August 1, 2000, there was a groundbreaking ceremony as construction of Great American Ball Park got underway. When all was said and done, the project came in with a price tag of $290 million.
  • 2002: As part of construction efforts, there was a demolition of the Reds' old stadium, Cinergy Field, which was completed on December 29, 2002
  • 2003: On March 31, 2003, Great American Ball Park opened its doors just in time for the 2003 MLB regular season.
  • 2010: The record high attendance was set at Great American Ball Park in Game 3 of the 2010 National League Division Series, with 44,599 fans attending the game. The visiting Philadelphia Phillies would beat the Reds 3-0.
  • 2015: Great American Ball Park hosted its first-ever Major League Baseball All-Star Game, putting $5 million into the stadium for improvement which included upgrading concessions and adding two new bars.
  • 2020: With an initial attendance of 42,261, a renovation in 2020 expanded the total capacity at Great American Ball Park to 43,500.
  • 2022: A deal was announced in October of 2022 between BetMGM Sportsbook and the Cincinnati Reds, as the gaming giant became the official sports betting partner of the team. As part of the agreement, a BetMGM Sportsbook was opened inside Great American Ball Park.
  • 2023: The lowest recorded attendance at Great American Ball Park occurred on April 17, 2023, at 4,967 fans, in part due to 30-degree weather. The Reds beat the Tampa Bay Rays with a score of 8-1.

Contact & opening hours

Address: 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Opening hours: 3 hours before game time
Website: https://www.mlb.com/reds/ballpark
E-mail address: [email protected]
Phone number: (513) 765-7000