Music - Gonna Raise Hell by Cheap Trick
Photographed in 1987, 1991 and 2005 using film. Photographed in October of 2016 using digital.
Cincinnati Gardens opened February 22, 1949 , closed July 21, 2016. The gardens is now shuttered and awaiting demolition sometime in 2017.
Location - 2250 Seymour Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio
The Cincinnati Gardens was modeled after another Gardens, this one in Toronto, Maple Leaf Gardens. In 1957 the Rochester Royals were pressured to move to a larger city and bigger arena. Cincinnati and the Gardens was the choice. The king of the Gardens had to be the big O, Oscar Robertson. From 1957 thru 1972 the Royals played at the garden. In 1970, longtime hero Oscar Robertson was dealt to the Milwaukee Bucks. Two years later, the struggling NBA franchise would relocate to Kansas City.
The first ever event at the Gardens was an exhibition hockey game. The Dallas Texans of the USHL and their parent club, the powerful Montreal Canadiens played each other. Hockey has always been a top draw at the Gardens. Starting in 1949 the Cincinnati Mohawks of the IHL skated on the Garden ice. The Mohawks folded in 1958. From 1963 thru 1964, the Cincinnati Wings of the CPHL used the Gardens. They were followed by the Cincinnati Swords from 1971 thru 1974. The Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL / IHL were there from 1990 thru 1997. In 1997, the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the AHL moved in. They left in 2005. Both the U of Cincinnati and Xavier U used the Gardens as home court. The Cincinnati Bearcats played there from 1949-1954 then again in 1987 thru 1989. Xavier used the Gardens occasionally from 1949 thru 1979. They also were the permanent tenant from 1983 thru 2000. Both Xavier and the U of Cincinnati now have on campus arenas.