Lost City: The Stadiums

Stadiums, we’ve had a few. Herein, a timeline of their rise and fall.
GE Novalux floodlights illuminate Cincinnati's Crosley Field for a night game in 1935.

(Photo by Schenectady Museum; Hall of Electrical History Foundation/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

For our February 2017 “Lost City” issue, we remember what time, disasters, and the wrecking ball have taken away.

May 4, 1869
Cincinnati Red Stockings play in history’s first professional baseball game at Union Grounds, located in what is now Queensgate.

May 1, 1884
League Park opens at the corner of Findlay Street and Western Avenue.

May 28, 1900
A fire burns the grandstand of League Park, forcing the Reds to rebuild and shift the direction of the diamond, which was renamed the “Palace of the Fans.”

October 1, 1919
Game 1 of the 1919 World Series between the Reds and Chicago White Sox at the renamed Redland Field. Chicago starting pitcher Eddie Cicotte accepted a $10,000 bribe the night before, as part of the Black Sox scandal. The Reds won the series in eight games.

April 17, 1934
Following Powel Crosley Jr.’s purchase of the team and upgrades to Redland Field, the Reds open the 1934 season in the newly dubbed Crosley Field.

May 24, 1935
Major League Baseball’s first-ever night game is played at Crosley Field, with the Reds beating the Philadelphia Phillies.

February 22, 1949
Cincinnati Gardens opens.

October 26, 1957
Cincinnati Royals franchise plays its inaugural game at Cincinnati Gardens.

March 14, 1962
Royal Oscar Robertson’s 19 points at the Gardens help him become the only NBA player to average a triple-double in a season.

August 27, 1964
The Beatles play Cincinnati Gardens.

August 21, 1966
The Beatles play Crosley Field.

June 30, 1970
Reds play their first game in the new Riverfront Stadium.

July 14, 1970
Only two weeks after opening, Riverfront hosts the 1970 MLB All-Star Game. Reds outfielder Pete Rose collides with Cleveland Indians catcher Ray Fosse on a play at the plate in the bottom of the 12th inning, scoring the game-winning run for the National League.

September 20, 1970
The Cincinnati Bengals play their first game in Riverfront Stadium.

September 28, 1975
The Big Red Machine beats Atlanta by a score of 7–6 at Riverfront Stadium, notching its 108th win—a franchise record—in the final game of the regular season. The team would go on to win the next two World Series championships.

January 10, 1982
The Bengals defeat the San Diego Chargers 27–7 in the 1981 AFC Championship game at Riverfront Stadium in what came to be dubbed the Freezer Bowl. The wind-chill temperature was calculated at -59 degrees Fahrenheit at the time, making it the coldest recorded game in NFL history.

September 11, 1985
Pete Rose records the 4,192nd hit of his career in the bottom of the first inning at Riverfront Stadium, breaking Ty Cobb’s record to become baseball’s all-time Hit King.

September 16, 1988
Tom Browning throws the first and only perfect game in Reds history at Riverfront.

September 9, 1996
Riverfront is renamed Cinergy Field.

December 29, 2002
Cinergy Field is demolished.

July 21, 2016
The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority completes its purchase of Cincinnati Gardens. It’s set to be demolished in 2017.

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