Exterior view of Cinergy Field in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Every time I walk on Freedom Way and through "The Banks" in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, I smile. The Banks sits on the former site of Riverfront Stadium, the hallowed ball field that served as the home of the Big Red Machine and Cincinnati Reds from 1970-1995. Riverfront Stadium's name changed in 1996 and the stadium became known as Cinergy Field until it's implosion in 2002. Riverfront Stadium is where I saw my first Major League Baseball game at 8 years old between the Reds and the Houston Astros. You may have heard the adage "Cincinnati is a baseball town" before; especially if you're a local. And while that's very true, Cincinnati is very passionate about their Bengals football as well. In 1981 and 1988, the Cincinnati Bengals were AFC champions and appeared in the Super Bowl. With that said, we wanted to give Cincinnati sports fans a little walk down memory lane with this collage. Enjoy!

*We do not own any of the photos in this article. We will gladly remove any photos upon request. Most photos were retrieved from the archives at Cincinnati.com *

 

 

 

Legendary Cincinnati Reds announcers Marty Brennaman and Joe Nuxhall.

Photo of legendary Cincinnati Reds announcers Marty Brennaman and Joe Nuxhall.

 

 

Riverfront Stadium Seating Chart

Riverfront Stadium Seating Chart, Cinergy Field Seating Chart

 

The Big Red Machine. Arguably the greatest Major League Baseball team in league history.

Big Red Machine group photo at Riverfront Stadium.

 

 

 

 

Sam Wyche Reminds Cincinnati Bengals Fans what City they Live in.

 

Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Sam Wyche and Bengals Quarterback Boomer Esiason

Photo of Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Sam Wyche and Bengals Quarterback Boomer Esiason.

 

The last home game at Riverfront Stadium. vs. the Cleveland Browns. December 1999. 

Photo from the last home game at Riverfront Stadium. vs. the Cleveland Browns. December 1999.

 

 

 

The Last Bengals Home Game at Riverfront Stadium, 12-12-1999 vs. the Cleveland Browns.

 

 

Quarterback Boomer Esiason and his Offensive Lineman. Media Day - Super Bowl XXIII.

Photo of Bengals Quarterback Boomer Esiason and his Offensive Lineman. Media Day - Super Bowl XXIII.

 

 

Bengals Founder and Head Coach Paul Brown with Quarterback Ken Anderson.

Cincinnati Bengals Founder and Head Coach Paul Brown with Quarterback Ken Anderson.

 

 

A Cincinnati Reds fan Avoids Falling from the Upper Deck in 1981.

 

 

Pete Rose with Tony Perez at Riverfront Stadium.

Photo of Pete Rose with Tony Perez at Riverfront Stadium.

 

 

Cincinnati Reds Owner Marge Schott with her dog and team mascot "Schottzie".

Cincinnati Reds Owner Marge Schott with her dog and team mascot "Schottzie".

 

 

Cincinnati Reds Infielders - 1990's.

Photo of Cincinnati Reds Infielders during the 1990's.

 

 

The Final 7th Inning Stretch at Cinergy Field. 9-22-2002 vs. the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

 

National Anthem during the last Cincinnati Reds home game at Riverfront Stadium. 

Photo of the National Anthem during the last Cincinnati Reds home game at Riverfront Stadium.

 

 

Barry Larkin and Ken Griffey Jr. in the Reds Dugout.

Photo of Barry Larkin and Ken Griffey Jr. in the Cincinnati Reds Dugout at Cinergy Field.

 

 

The Great Flood of March 1997.

Aeral photo of Cinergy Field during the Great Flood of March 1997.

 

 

1970 MLB All-Star Game. Pete Rose plows over catcher Ray Fosse.

 

View from the upper deck before a Cincinnati Reds home game.

Photo of the baseball diamond from the upper deck before a Cincinnati Reds home game.

 

 

Cinergy Field Entry Gate circa 1998.

Photo of the Cinergy Field Entry Gate circa 1998.

 

 

Cincinnati Reds Warmups - 1990's.

Cincinnati Reds players warming up at Cinergy Field during the 1990's.

 

 

Pete Rose Breaks Ty Cobb's All-Time Hits Record with 4192 Hits. 9-11-1985 vs. the San Diego Padres.

 

 

Pete saluting the Cincinnati Reds faithful after Hit #4192. 

Pete saluting the Cincinnati Reds faithful after Hit #4192.

 

 

Cincinnati Reds Owner Marge Schott Congratulating Pete Rose. 

Cincinnati Reds Owner Marge Schott Congratulating Pete Rose after hit #4192.

 

 

Cinergy Field from Columbia Parkway in Cincinnati.

Photo of Cinergy Field from Columbia Parkway in Cincinnati.

 

 

Super Bowl XXIII Recap. 1-22-1989 vs. the San Francisco 49ers. 

 

Cincinnati Bengals Players (from left to right) Darnay Scott, Jeff Blake and Carl Pickens.

 Cincinnati Bengals Players (from left to right) Darnay Scott, Jeff Blake and Carl Pickens at Cinergy Field.

 

 

View from the Upper Deck at Cinergy Field during a Bengals game.

Photo from the Upper Deck at Cinergy Field during a Cincinnati Bengals game.

 

 

 

The Implosion of Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field on December 29th, 2002.

 

 

The Cinergy Field Implosion from Ohio.

Photo of the Cinergy Field Implosion from Ohio.

 

 

 

The Cinergy Field Implosion from Kentucky. Thanks for the Memories. 

Photo of the Cinergy Field implosion from Kentucky. Thanks for the Memories.

 

 

 

 

 

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