November 7th, 1939 - Fresh off winning their first National League pennant in 20 years, a vote on a $6 million bond to help fund a new 60,000-seat stadium is executed. The results? 81,941 Cincinnatians against and 46,955 Cincinnatians in favor.
The plan was led by the Build Greater Cincinnati Committee with architect Charles Koch at the helm. In addition to the construction of the stadium, Koch also proposed a 15,000-seat auditorium to be used for basketball, hockey, boxing and conventions. The location of these facilities were to be nestled between Front Street, Broadway, Third Street, and Main Street. A glass roof was to cover the stadium in order for it to be utilized year-round while a 15,000-car parking garage was also to be built beneath the site.
The following excerpt is taken from Redleg Journal which is co-authored by Greg Rhodes and John Snyder:
"To say that Koch's plans were ahead of their time, is an understatement. The Astrodome in Houston, the world&...