Happy Opening Day everyone! To celebrate the occasion, we chose this new addition to our ‘Midwest Collection’. Enjoy this view of the long gone Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, OH, home to the Reds (MLB) and Bengals (NFL) between 1970-2002. Enjoy its grandeur, its roundness, its symmetry. Its integration of lighting, flags, structure, and pedestrian circulation into the overall building organization. Enjoy the structural diagram and exposed skeleton of this late 20th Century fortress. There is no artificial historicity to this building (well maybe its reference to this), no conforming to non-existent context or references to past stadia. Was Riverfront a great place to watch a game? Debatable. Were its sight-lines perfect? Depends who you ask. It was ambitious though, and for being a trailblazer it gains our respect and admiration. May it rest in peace. Play ball!
Click on the images to see them in all their glory.