Palace of the Fans

Palace of the Fans

Cincinnati, Ohio

Tenant: Cincinnati Reds (NL)
Opened: April 17, 1902 (previous parks on this site date back to 1884).
First night game: Never
Last Reds game: October 6, 1911 (Crosley Field erected on this site in 1912).
Surface: Grass
Capacity: n/a

Cincinnati Reds tickets:

Location: Left field (N), York Street; third base (W), McLean Avenue; first base (S), Findlay Street; right field (E) and center field (NE), Western Avenue.

Dimensions: Right field: 450 feet.

Fences: n/a

The Reds had played on this site since 1884 in what was called League Park. The field originally faced northwest. In 1894, the field was repositioned to face northeast and a new grandstand was built. The old grandstand was left intact and wrapped around the right field corner of the field. When League Park burned in 1900, the field was repositioned to make use of the old grandstand which had survived the fire. In 1902, when the new Palace of the Fans grandstand was completed, the field was repositioned yet again to face the northeast.

Recommended Reading (bibliography):

  • Opening Day at Great American Ball Park by Dann Stupp.
  • Riverfront Stadium: Home of the Big Red Machine by Mike Shannon.
  • Take Me Out to the Ballpark: An Illustrated Tour of Baseball Parks Past and Present by Josh Leventhal and Jessica Macmurray.
  • The Ballpark Book: A Journey Through the Fields of Baseball Magic (Revised Edition) by Ron Smith and Kevin Belford.
  • City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks by Philip Bess.
  • Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark by Michael Gershman.
  • Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of All 273 Major League and Negro League Ballparks by Philip J. Lowry.
  • Lost Ballparks: A Celebration of Baseball's Legendary Fields by Lawrence S. Ritter.
  • Roadside Baseball: A Guide to Baseball Shrines Across America by Chris Epting.
  • The Story of America's Classic Ballparks (VHS).

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View of the Palace of the Fans courtesy of the Cincinnati Historical Society.

Updated March 2000

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