Great American Ballpark – MLB Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati, OH

Ballpark Development Consulting and Program Management

B&D served as the Sports Facility consultant to the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission, the body through which the State of Ohio participated in funding sports facilities at the major league levels.  In this role we provided consulting on the market and financial feasibility, economic impact potential, design, and construction of almost every major league and minor league professional sports facility developed in Ohio beginning in1996.  Ultimately we were responsible for advising the state on the approval of project funding.  In 2001 we completed an analysis of the financial feasibility, economic and fiscal impacts, design, and construction plans for the Cincinnati Reds ballpark.  Unique aspects of the project included the phased demolition of the existing field while the season of play continued.  Also, the project’s funding structure was strained by cost overruns at the adjacent Paul Brown Stadium, as the two projects were financed from the same sales tax revenue stream. Our recommendation to the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission protected the state from additional financing risk by fixing the state’s contribution at a specific dollar amount tied to the original budget.