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Tuesday, May 20, 2003



'The Pit' at Elder

Address: 3900 Vincent Ave., Price Hill

Opened: 1937

Phone: 921-3744

The story: The front yard of Elder High School holds a special place in hearts that bleed Purple on the west side.

"The Pit" is perhaps the best-known icon on Cincinnati's west side, a place that inspires loyalty and fond memories for Panther fans young and old.

The first game was played there in 1937 (the Panthers beat Woodward 12-6) and the concrete bowl was finished 10 years later. Generations of Elder fans have been part of the winning tradition here - and have made the trip here a family tradition of their own.

Elder High School and its football team are the purple thread that binds Price Hill's tradition. Loyal fans are known to fly or drive thousands of miles to see games there.

On game nights, the Pit experience actually begins on the streets of Price Hill, with fans streaming through the neighborhood toward the stadium. Seats on the Elder side are at a premium.

Quote: "It's one of the highlights of the year. As much as you like to talk about The Pit, there are only five or six times a year you can go there. You hold onto those times and the rest of the time you drive by, look at that big, empty Pit and say, 'Boy, that was fun.' " - Mark Bengel, class of '78.

Quick fact: The Pit has been named by USA Today as one of the 10 great places to watch high school football in America.


Back to Great Neighborhoods: West Side



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