Avenue Grounds was a baseball field located in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Also known as Brighton Park and Cincinnati Baseball Park, the ground was home to the Cincinnati Reds baseball club from April 25, 1876 to August 27, 1879. The ballpark featured a grandstand that could seat up to 3,000 fans. It was approximately two miles north of Union Grounds, where the original professional team from the area, the Cincinnati Red Stockings played, and was approximately four miles from the heart of the city, so horse-drawn streetcars and trains were a popular way to travel to the park. The ballpark had first opened in 1875, and would continue to be used for amateur baseball until around 1900. The site of the Avenue Grounds was later a public park called Chester Park. Currently the site is occupied by Hilshire Farms and Kahn's. The club played poorly, and actually dropped out of the league before the 1879 season ended. The club revived for 1880, and relocated to the Bank Street Grounds.
Little is known about this ballpark, as even its location is somewhat contradictory. Contemporary atlases indicate the "Base Ball Grounds" was about two short blocks west of Spring Grove Avenue, bounded on the south by Alabama Avenue, on the west by Mill Creek, on the north by the imaginary line extending from Monmouth Street, and on the immediate east by railroad tracks. It was a couple of blocks north of the stockyards, and was near the Cincinnati Workhouse, which served as the jail.
Ballpark facts 
Admission onto to the grounds cost 50 cents, which was lowered to 10 cents after the fifth inning. The ballpark featured such cuisine as hard-boiled eggs, ham sandwiches, and mineral water. Lemon peel-and-water drinks also sold for 10 cents. There was a special section named the "Little Dukes," for those who wanted to sit near the bar. It also has the claim to Fame for holding the first Major League Ladie's Day, in 1876.
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- SCSR / Avenue Grounds
- Cincinnati Reds Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors - Baseball-reference.com
|Home of the Cincinnati Reds (1876-1880)
1876 – 1879
Bank Street Grounds