With the regular season quickly coming to an end, planning gets more serious for the Reds and Hamilton County to get planning and preparing underway.
Cincinnati and Great American Ball Park will be in the national spotlight, and millions of dollars will be spent getting the stadium All-Star ready. Because of the lease between the county and the Reds, FOX19 NOW looked into who will be responsible for what upgrades.
The county is responsible for most facility updates.
On the agenda for 2015: concrete repairs, waterproofing of the exterior, new paint, and improvements to the sound system, like speaker replacement.
So will tax payers have to fork over more money because the All-Star Game is coming to our ball park?
Per the lease, each year $1 million is allocated to Great American Ball Park because it is a county facility. In preparation for the All Star Game, Hamilton County Commissioners forwarded the money that would come in 2015 to 2014.
That now gives the county $2 million to make improvements this year, but it will receive $0 in 2015. However, a contingency will be in place for any emergencies.
The Reds will then fund the "fun" improvements.
We reached out to the Reds, and COO Phil Castellini said,
"The Reds will continue to fund offseason improvements at Great American Ball Park to enhance the fan experience," said Phil Castellini, Reds COO. "And in anticipation of hosting the 2015 MLB All-Star Game, we want to make sure the ballpark looks its best for both Reds fans locally and an audience of millions watching on TV around the world."
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