09/19/2002 9:29 pm ET
Cinergy Field facts and tidbits
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
The concept of a ballpark for the Reds to be built on Cincinnati's riverfront surfaced as early as 1948, when city leaders floated the idea in a master plan partly to help revitalize downtown business.
Henry Aaron of the Braves was the first player to hit a home run at Riverfront in the first game played there.
The next night, Tommy Helms became the first Red to homer at Riverfront.
Riverfront Stadium's approximate cost was $45 million.
It was covered by approximately 120,000 square feet of artificial turf until grass was installed before the 2001 baseball season.
Riverfont became the first outdoor Major League ballpark to feature a playing surface composed completely of AstroTurf except for cutouts around the bases, the pitcher's mound and the area surrounding home plate.
Atlanta's Sonny Jackson was the first player to bat at Riverfront in the June 30, 1970 inaugural game. Atlanta's Felix Millan collected the first hit and as Cincinnati defeated Atlanta, 9-2.
Riverfront Stadium hosted 22 postseason games in the 1970s the most of any stadium.
Other names considered for Riverfront Stadium would have honored various local, state and national celebrities: Taft, Eisenhower, Rhodes, Crosley, Hutchinson, Armstrong. Also floated were Queen City Stadium, Regal Stadium, Riverbank and Buckeye Bowl.
Approximately 13,000 seats were removed from Cinergy Field between the 2000 and 2001 seasons to facilitate construction of Great American Ball Park. Seating capacity decreased from 52,953 to 40,007.
In Cinergy/Riverfront's history, 35 games were lost to bad weather. The single-season high was five in 1996.
Barry Bonds is the Reds opponent who has hit the most home runs at Cinergy/Riverfront (31).
The stadium's official address is 100 Cinergy Field.