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Shaded Seats at Great American Ball Park

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Great American Ball Park, situated on the banks of the Ohio River, is the proud home of the Cincinnati Reds. With an open-air design, fans can enjoy a ballgame and scenic riverfront view, but during Cincinnati’s hot and humid summer months, finding shaded seats becomes a key consideration. Reds fans can use this guide to find the best Great American Ball Park shaded seats.

Where are the shaded seats at Great American Ball Park?

Typically, the seats in the shade at Great American Ball Park are located:

  • Club Level: 300-level sections are covered and shaded
  • 1st Base Line: Gradually becomes shaded during the afternoon
  • Behind Home Plate: Shaded for late afternoon and evening games

In the 2024 season, the Reds play day games (1:10 p.m. or 1:40 p.m.), late afternoon games (4:10 p.m.) and evening games (6:40 p.m. or 7:10 p.m.). For specific details about sections and different start times, please continue reading.

Great American Ball Park Orientation to the Sun

Great American Ball Park is oriented to the southeast in the direction of the Ohio River. Each morning, the sun rises over left field, curves around the right field foul pole at mid-day, and eventually sets behind home plate. This configuration makes the 1st base side of the stadium the “shade side,” though the exact sections and rows that are shaded will depend on the time of day.

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).

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Seats in the Shade at Reds Early Afternoon Games

At the start of a Reds day game, the sun is positioned high above the right field corner. At this time of day, 300-level club seating is the best chance to find shade for the entire game, as these small sections offer an overhang that should keep most rows shaded.

The only other seats that will offer protection at this time of day are the very back rows of the upper deck under the stadium roof. As the game progresses, those sitting along the 1st base line closest to the foul pole will be the first to receive some shade. For shade seekers, sections 134-139, 433-436, and 533-537 are the best options. Meanwhile, almost all seats in the outfield and on the 3rd base side of the stadium will receive little or no protection.

Cincinnati Red stadium shadows

Shade is sparse at the start of a day game. Only club level seats under cover are reliably shaded.
Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Shade at Reds Late Afternoon Games

When the Reds are scheduled to start at 4:10 p.m., most seats at Great American Ball Park along the 1st base line should be in the shade. As mentioned, seats further down the line near the right field foul pole will be the first to receive shade, while seats closer to home plate may have to wait an inning or two before getting afternoon shade.

Conversely, fans in left field and the 3rd base line will remain exposed to the sun for the majority of the game. Great American Ball Park features a break between sections 519/520 and 419/420. A good rule of thumb is to stick to sections numbered 420 or 520 and higher. Fans in sections numbered lower, like 401-419 and 509-519, will be fully exposed to the sun.

Cincinnati Red stadium shadows

By mid-afternoon, the 1st base line becomes the “shade side” while the 3rd base line and outfield sections are still in the sun.
Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Shade at Reds Evening Games

Cincinnati is located near the western edge of the Eastern Time Zone. During the summer months, the sun doesn’t set until almost 9:00 p.m. or later on the longest days. With Reds games beginning relatively early and finishing faster due to MLB’s new pace-of-play rules, fans attending evening games should consider the sun’s position, as a significant portion of the game could occur before sunset.

The good news is that by the first pitch, the sun is positioned almost directly behind home plate, providing shade to a majority of the stadium, including large sections of the 3rd base line. The least desirable spot for shade seekers is behind the outfield walls. Right field sections 140-146 are referred to as the “sun deck” on the Reds seating chart for good reason! While it may be a good spot to try to catch a home run ball, it’s not the best spot for late-day shade.

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