Mustache Benches Decorate TriState Ahead Of All-Star Game

Jun 12, 2015

The first in a series of mustache-shaped benches was unveiled Friday afternoon outside City Hall, as part of the celebration of Major League Baseball's All-Star Week in Cincinnati.  Reds chief operating officer Phil Castellini says the theme tying the benches is "get your ‘stache on."

“This is something that’s been done in other major league cities around the All-Star Game - big cactus statues in Arizona, big boots when it was in Texas, apples in New York City," Castellini says. "So for us, what more is iconic to the Cincinnati Reds, America’s first baseball team, than those big huge handlebar mustaches that the guys of that period had?”

Castellini says the first bench to be unveiled is painted to recognize Cincinnati's history in hosting the All-Star Game.  This will be the fifth All-Star game the Reds have hosted since the mid-summer classic began in 1933.

“What you have on there is the timeline of the different logos from each of the hosting years, including of course, the one for this year," Castellini says. "Most recent was in 1988.  But it’s really become an event, a week-long baseball convention.  And this speaks to the history of the All-Star Game here in Cincinnati.”

Castellini says the Reds bought two of the benches, and team sponsors paid for the rest.  Those sponsors will be able to keep the benches after the All-Star Game.

Ten of the 20 designs on the mustache benches to be placed around the TriState ahead of the MLB's All-Star Game.
Credit provided / Cincinnati Reds

Ten of the benches were installed today at:

  • Cincinnati City Hall
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
  • Cincinnatus Statue, Sawyer Point
  • City of Covington’s John Roebling Statue
  • 6th and Walnut
  • Findlay Market
  • Great American Ball Park
  • Newport on the Levy
  • Smale Riverfront Park
  • Washington Park 

Another ten will be set up on June 22 at:

  • Duke Energy Convention Center
  • Eden Park
  • Lytle Park
  • OTR Business District
  • P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy
  • Paul Brown Stadium
  • The Banks
  • Union Terminal
  • Westin Hotel Atrium
  • Yeatman’s Cove