REDS STILL REMAIN CAUTIOUS ON A CINERGY REMAKE
Reds Managing CEO John Allen said the team "won't enter
into an agreement for transformation" of Cinergy Field
"until architects and engineers assure the club a 1970s bowl
configuration can be turned into a 21st-century moneymaker,"
according to Hobson & May of the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER. MLB
is also "skeptical" of Hamilton County, OH, Commissioner Bob
Bedinghaus' prediction that a Cinergy Field renovation could
be on the "cutting edge of a new wave of designs in the
style of Anaheim Stadium's $100 million renovation." An MLB
source: "It's a reversal of the successful trends that have
been in the game recently. Anaheim has a baseball
footprint. Cinergy is more of a football print." MLB must
approve any stadium deal. Allen said that the team "runs
the risk of not drawing enough fans" with a transformation,
as opposed to a new park (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 1/9).