offers breakout space
up to 300 people
views of the game, and the
Player’s Suites & Lounge, an intimate space
adorned with Bengals memorabilia.
Equally iconic, Great American Ball Park
has a variety of event spaces that include
the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum with its
galleries devoted to the team’s legacy and
the FOX Sports Champions Club, a flexible
venue on the first-base line that hosts
everything from gala events to company
picnics. The field itself, which can accommodate up to 8,000 people, is available for
everything from on-field batting practice to
concerts and festivals.
Another major sports venue is U.S. Bank
Arena, home to the Cincinnati Cyclones
hockey team, where private party suites
host up to 50 guests and the All Access Bar
and Grill hosts up to 250.
For football fans, a visit to the Pro Foot-
ball Hall of Fame brings the chance to
wander among the bronze busts of the
inductees, design their own Super Bowl
rings or peruse the galleries filled with
jerseys, helmets, footballs and more from
over 120 years of football history.
Groups can arrange for VIP tours and
enjoy a meal or reception in spaces that
include the Event Center and Gold Jacket
Lounge. The Hall of Fame is currently in the
midst of an expansion, which included the
opening of the “Game of Life” immersive
holographic theater last summer.
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Sports VENUE Tips
Renting a sports venue for an event can be a rewarding option, but careful consider- ation to the budget and needs of the group must be taken into account, said Mike Burns, vice president of convention sales for Destination Cleveland.
“It’s really cool to host an event at a place like FirstEnergy Stadium, but you have to
look at the costs and the logistics,” he said. “It’s great to use the scoreboard, but that can
be expensive. And you really have to fit the venue to the size of the group. For instance,
we did a great event for a bank group at FirstEnergy where we brought in the mayor and
did some fun things. This worked well for a large group, but for a group of 75, it wouldn’t
have made sense.”
If planners are intent on taking a group of attendees to a game, knowing the team’s
schedule and booking ahead are essential, he added.
Kim Sherlock, senior sales manager for the Cincinnati USA CVB, advises planners to
use the CVB as a resource and liaison with sports venues.
“It’s often easier to go through the CVB—we know the contacts and the questions to
ask,” she said. “We can help with transportation and parking. We can help arrange for
a private suite or group ticketing. It’s especially essential with the Bengals as they are
frequently sold out. We know who to call.”