Great American Ballpark
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Client: Hamilton County Board of Commissioners
Parsons Brinckerhoff Role: Design; Construction Oversight
Hamilton County and the Cincinnati Reds turned to Parsons Brinckerhoff for design and construction oversight of the $280 million, 42,000-seat Great American Ballpark. The arena was constructed alongside Cinergy Field, the team’s home until December 2002. As project manager on behalf of Hamilton County, Parsons Brinckerhoff coordinated and performed oversight of all aspects of the ballpark design and construction process, with responsibility for ensuring the project’s compliance with set scope, schedule, and budget; worked with the project’s construction manager and architect to manage and coordinate the implementation of any revision to the architectural and construction programs; and managed the project’s relationship with other key development projects.
In a nod to vintage ballparks, the new stadium includes a “gap,” an opening in the seating bowl that provides views of the urban surroundings. The design of the ballpark showcases a brick and stone exterior and a steel structure synonymous with the tradition and history of Cincinnati. The stadium incorporates modern conveniences with a salute to the Reds’ heritage as the nation’s first professional baseball team.
On March 31, 2003, the Cincinnati Reds played the inaugural game of the season in its new home.