Ballpark Digest is previewing what every MLB team is doing to begin the season, both on and off the field, as the 2019 campaign is around the corner. Up next: the Cincinnati Reds and Great American Ball Park.
This season will bring a mixture of vintage and modern to Great American Ball Park. A season-long celebration to mark 150 years since the original Red Stockings debuted as the first professional baseball team in 1869 will bring several unique promotions, giving fans an opportunity to celebrate baseball history. In addition, the Reds retooled their roster over the offseason, hoping the likes of Yasiel Puig, Tanner Roark, and other additions can help them field a more competitive team this season. One thing for certain, however, is that Great American Ball Park’s concession stands will feature several new offerings in 2019.
Along with concessionaire Delaware North, the Reds have unveiled unique new menu items. The Reds Waffle Bowl Sundae (pictured above) features soft served ice cream in a reds waffle bowl, and will be served at Rosie’s Ice Cream stands.
Big Red Machine Burger, a menu item that pays homages to a significant period in the franchise’s history, will be served in the Scout’s Club. The burger is topped with a split Big Red Smokey, sauerkraut, beer cheese, and Grippo’s Potato Chips, served on a Servatii’s Pretzel Bun. Scout’s Club will also feature Wicked Chipotle Queen City Sausage, which includes Queen City Sausage with queso, Pico de Gallo, and crispy tortilla chips. Laura’s Lean Beef Egg Rolls–served in three different varieties–will also be available in Scout’s Club, along with a Mac & Cheese Dog, and an Italian Turkey Burger
Elsewhere around Great American Ball Park, a Pork Schnitzel Sandwich will be available at Section 415 and at the Scout’s Club. Fry Box at Section 112 will be serving up new cuisine this season, including a Cincinnati Hot Frybox–fries topped with sliced hot chicken tenders, pickle slaw and creamy ranch dressing–and a Cincinnati Hot Chicken. The Cincinnati Hot Chicken features hot chicken tenders on Texas Toast or bun, served with Pickle Slaw. At Mr Red’s Smokehouse at Section 137, the new highlight for this season is the Smoked Tri-Tip, a sandwich with house-smoked sirloin, topped with jalapeno slaw, and served on a Brioche Bun.
New food will not be the only thing that fans can look forward to this season. As noted, the Reds are planning a major celebration to commemorate 150 years since the original Red Stockings played as baseball’s first openly all-salaried team in 1869. A commemorative logo is part of that celebration (pictured above) and the Reds will wear throwback uniforms at 15 different home games this season, beginning with the 1902 uniform on May 4 (a full schedule is available on the team’s website). Giveaways will also be part of the mix, including a six-installment bobblehead series featuring Hall of Famers who suited up with the Reds, beginning with Ernie Lombardi on May 18 and concluding with Ken Griffey Jr. on September 7.
The Reds have also been at work renovating Great American Ball Park’s Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. The renovated museum, slated to reopen by Opening Day on March 28, will feature several new displays, including but not limited to a 360-degree interactive theater in the Hall of Fame plaque gallery. The outdoor 1869 Red Stockings Pavilion, which will be located on the south side of the museum where the Rose Garden was previously featured, will be dedicated on May 4.
Image courtesy Cincinnati Reds.
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