Tuesday, September 21, 2010

26. Cinergy Field (R.I.P.)

Cinergy Field began its existence as Riverfront Stadium. The stadium followed the typical cookie cutter bowl design of that era and had an appearance similar to Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh and Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Construction of the stadium was completed in 1970 and became the home of both the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals.

Over the years in existence, the stadium saw many playoff and World Series games with the Reds. In the 1970’s the Big Red Machine dominated baseball and Riverfront Stadium saw a lot of action. In the 1980’s it was the Bengals turn to use the stadium and many a NFL playoff game was played at the stadium including the famed Freezer Bowl of 1982.

In 1996 Riverfront Stadium became Cinergy Field named after the sponsor who at the time was the gas and electric provider for the area. In 2000, the Bengals left the stadium to play in the new Paul Brown stadium down the street and as of 2002, the Reds vacated the stadium for their new ballpark which was built right next to it. In 2002, the stadium was imploded to make way for new riverfront development projects.

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