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Opened in 2003, the home of the NL's Cincinnati Reds, Great American Ball Park, will at last get its shot at hosting the MLB All-Star Game in 2015 when the 86th annual Midsummer Classic comes to town for the first time since 1988 on July 14. The stadium is the seventh for the franchise dating all the way back to the late 1800s, and while it will be the first time for Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati has served as host of the MLB All-Star Game four other times previously, including twice at both Crosley Field and Riverfront Stadium. The American League has prevailed in each of the last two contests and as usual, the winning league will secure home-field advantage for the World Series.
Great American Ball Park Seating Information
While various aspects of the venue will likely be transformed to reflect the MLB All-Star Game, the main seating areas of Great American Ball Park are not expected to change for the contest. Check out the seating map on this page for the full diagram and expected configuration for the game. Whether you're looking to catch a glimpse of your favorite players by sitting near the team benches or hoping to catch a home run from a prime spot in the outfield, the venue boasts numerous options for fans interested in enjoying the Midsummer Classic in person. Standard Great American Ball Park seating includes Scout and Lower Club seats directly behind home plate, 100 Level (Field Box, Infield Box, Terrace Outfield, Sun Deck), 200 Level (Club Home), 300 Level (Club Seating), 400 Level (Mezzanine, View Box, Bleachers), and 500 Level (View). Other designated sections in centerfield and on the right field side include Batter's Eye Pavilion, Party Deck, and Riverfront Club. Also note that Section 139 is typically reserved as the Family Section.
Great American Ball Park General Information
Expect security to be heightened during the MLB All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park. All guests will be subject to search upon entering the venue and make sure to familiarize yourself with the stadium's standard list of prohibited items. Guests are generally not permitted to bring coolers, laser pointers, banners and signs, umbrellas, glass or metal containers, and any other item deemed inappropriate by stadium staff. Personal, non-professional cameras should be allowed though may come with some restrictions. The entire venue is smoke-free (including e-cigarettes), though fans may use the designated smoking area near Section 126. Re-entry is typically not permitted without prior approval.
Great American Ball Park Parking Information
For those wishing to drive to Great American Ball Park, the venue generally offers parking in the Central Riverfront Garage, East Garage, and other on-site lots in close proximity to the stadium. Fees may vary and fans are encouraged to arrive early as the area will likely be congested on the day of the game. The park also can be accessed via public transportation through the Queen City Metro.
Great American Ball Park Gate Times
Precise gate times are subject to change for the MLB All-Star Game, but generally fans are able to begin entering Great American Ball Park roughly two hours before an event's scheduled start time.