Thursday, April 04, 2002

County gives away ballpark plaza bricks

By Dan Klepal,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        One hundred names were selected in the great brick giveaway on Wednesday.

        Hamilton County held a drawing during Wednesday's commission meeting, with the winners each getting to inscribe a brick for the Crosley Terrace at Great American Ball Park.

        The bricks are being sold by the Reds for $75, but the team gave the county 100 of them to do with as it pleased.

        County officials decided to give the bricks away to taxpayers, who are footing the $330 million bill for the ballpark and related infrastructure improvements.

        Each winner will get three lines of up to 15 characters on each line. More than 4,000 people from all over the country entered the contest, some from as far away as Hawaii.

        Emily Gehlert, 26, of Mount Adams was a winner. She hadn't decided exactly which words to use on her brick, except that she wants to put her grandfather's name on it — Charles Gehlert.

        “He was just a really, really big Reds fan,” said Ms. Gehlert, who entered the contest after stumbling upon the county's Great American Ball Park Web site.

        Names of all 100 winners are posted on the site,

        The 100 bricks from the contest winners — along with those being sold by the Reds — will be permanently paved into the ballpark's public area known as Crosley Terrace, which will be as large as Fountain Square.

        The bricks will be in place for the ballpark's opening in April 2003.


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