Baseball in Cincinnati, in one form or another, has been entertaining fans for well over 100 years. In fact, in 1869, Cincinnati fielded the first professional baseball team in the U.S. (the Red Stockings), and when the National League of Professional Base Ball Players formed several years later, the Red Stockings were one of its inaugural clubs.
Along the Ohio River
The Stockings were asked to leave this upstart league four seasons later due to beer sales and wanting to play games on Sundays (both forbidden in those days), but made their reappearance in 1881 as a charter member of the American Association, finally taking to the field in 1884.
The Red Stockings of yesteryear exist today as the Cincinnati Reds and play ball at the Great American Ball Park, which opened in time for the 2003 season. With their long and vibrant history, the Reds have fielded championship-winning teams (they have won the World Series five times, most recently in 1990) and many players are familiar to many. The most famous Red is probably slugger Pete Rose, who played in the majors for 24 years. There’s also Hall of Famer Johnny Bench, who played for the Reds throughout his entire 17-year career, was a 14-time All-Star, and grabbed 10 Gold Gloves.
Current Reds players, like Joey Votto and Scooter Gennett, keep fans coming to the Great American Ball Park. If you’re going to take in a game there, where are the home run hot spots?
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In 2016, there were 228 homers, the longest of which went 461 feet. There have already been 101 in 2017, and that number is sure to increase as the year continues. Of course, sitting along the outfield wall is the best way to boost your chances, but which sections are super hot as far as catching the long ball?
If you’re thinking about sitting in left field, give sections 106, 105, and 103 a hard look, as these areas seem to be home run targets, according to our heat map. If the right field is more of your style, try sections 143, 142, and 140 on for size. Also, the Bowtie Bar situated over the visitor’s bullpen sees its share of homers.
If you’re traveling to downtown Cincinnati and planning on taking in a ball game, keep these seats in mind if you’re hungry for homers while you cheer on your favorite team. Also, don’t forget to grab some fab Reds gear at Fanatics.com before you make your way to your outfield seats.