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Cinergy Field facts and tidbits
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09/19/2002 9:29 pm ET 
Cinergy Field facts and tidbits
By Chris Haft / MLB.com

Back to: A Farewell to Cinergy Field
• 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.





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