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'Bowl' games: Ballpark bathroom among America's best

The restroom at GABP (bestrestroom.com) The restroom at GABP (bestrestroom.com)
The restroom at Fitton Center for Creative Arts. (bestbathrooms.com) The restroom at Fitton Center for Creative Arts. (bestbathrooms.com)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

Where’s the best place “to go” in the United States? A restroom at Great American Ballpark is competing in the Super Bowl of the toilet bowls.

Ten public restrooms are competing in the "America’s Best Restroom Contest."

The nursing suite at the Reds’ home field is up for the honor. It’s more than your average restroom – the space can be used for breast or bottle feeding and diaper changers. It includes private restrooms, lockers a refrigerator and, of course, a flat screen TV so moms don’t miss the game.

Here’s how the Cintas contest organizers pitch the ballpark bathroom:

This baseball season, the Cincinnati Reds hit a home run…with moms everywhere! That’s because the Reds, in partnership with Pampers and Fischer Homes, debuted the first-of-its-kind nursing suite at Great American Ball Park. The Reds talked with local moms to identify specific needs for the restroom. You’ll find five comfortable gliders, changing stations, kitchenette with a sink, ice and refrigeration, lockers for storing items and flat screen TVs so mom doesn’t miss any of the game. Already this season over 3,000 moms and families have used the Pampers Nursing Suite and its restroom facility! “The Reds, Pampers and Fischer Homes are very proud that we have set the gold standard for a nursing area in a public space,” said Michael Anderson, public relations manager for the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. “As sports teams strive to add additional ‘family friendly’ features for fans, we have proven that this quiet place for moms to feed and care for their babies is one of the most popular spaces at Great American Ball Park.”

The facilities at Hamilton’s Fitton Center for Creative Arts is also up for best restroom. Here’s how the contest describes it:

Enter the restrooms at The Fitton Center for Creative Arts and step into nature – one tile at a time. The men’s and women’s restrooms were created by Cincinnati artist Jan Brown Checco as an homage to our relationship with the earth and the importance of conservation. In addition, students in the Fitton Center’s pottery classes and community members joined forces to create several of the tiles. In the women’s restroom take particular note of “Mother Nature” and the rainbows, flowers, seashells, fossils, colorful glass and clay tiles that comprise her face. In the men’s restroom the Greenman gives a nod to Hamilton’s Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer. The restrooms have become a big hit at the art center, and every tour begins with a look at the beautiful tiles. “The title of Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom would be a wonderful honor for the Fitton Center,” said Cindy Dingeldein, ASID, interior designer on the project. “What we designed is much more than restrooms. The rooms are hand-made, unique works of art.”

Voting ends Oct. 31. Click here to cast your vote. 

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