Jim Caple of ESPN.com has been running a series of posts highlighting the best and worst ballparks of both modern times and all-time history this week. On Wednesday, he chose to tab 10 unfortunate parks as the worst baseball stadiums ever. To no surprise or shock of my own, Riverfront Stadium was included.
The now non-existent structure tied with two other similar-shaped parks (Veterans Stadium & Three Rivers Stadium) for 10th place on the dubious list. Here's what Caple had to say about them:
"Jim Kaat once said, "Every ballpark used to be unique. Now it's like women's breasts -- if you've seen one, you've seen both." He's right, but with one slight amendment. If you saw one of these stadiums, you saw all three. Multipurpose is fine -- do we really need to build $500 million to $1 billion stadiums for the sole purpose of hosting eight NFL games a year? -- but sterile, devoid of character and artificially turfed is not. Plus, not only were these cookie-cutter designs with artificial turf, there was the bio-hazard of fields covered in either Schotzzie's droppings or Lenny Dykstra's tobacco juice."
I'm not going to lie to you. Riverfront wasn't the prettiest or most original stadium you've ever gazed your eyes upon. However, it did play host to a plethora of great moments including the reign of the Big Red Machine in the 70s, Pete Rose breaking the all-time hit record, the Reds, the Bengals, and numerous musical concerts, among many others.
Riverfront was the home of the Reds from 1970-1995 before it was renamed to Cinergy Field prior to the 1996 season. The Reds would continue to play in the same structure until the end of 2002 before moving to their current home of Great American Ball Park in 2003.
It was demolished on December 29th, 2002. It took well over two years to build, but just minutes to knock it down.