News from the Hollow
30, 2003 - The Tennessean (Nashville)
Great American Ball Park opens in Cincinnati
When the Great American Ball Park opens tomorrow in Cincinnati, the home of the Reds also will be the home of a giant leather plaque made in Franklin.
Long Hollow Leather owners James and Phil Thompson were commissioned to create the pieced to mark the entrance to "Scouts Alley," which James Thompson describes as "the high-dollar tickets behind home plate." Thompson, who delivered his creation personally earlier this month, said Scouts Alley also includes interview areas for talent scouts, display cases, old photos and Cincinnati Reds memorabilia.
the leather sign with stitching is meant to resemble a baseball glove. It includes the Reds logo and the "Scouts Alley" sign.
Long Hollow, with a workshop off West Main Street in downtown Franklin, is best known for guitar straps, custom made for musicians such as Marty Stuart, Ha k Williams Jr., Suzy James Thompson said that a customer who builds trade show sets and movie sets referred the Franklin shop to an Indianapolis firm, which then pout Long Hollow in touch with the architect and designer.
"It just came by word of mouth," he said. "They just didn't know anybody to create this thing they had envisioned."
Long Hollow also creates dog and horse equipment.
The Great American Ball Park overlooks the Ohio River and was built between Cinergy field, former home of the Reds , and U.S. Bank Arena. The $320 million stadium seats 42,059 and features such amenities as a brew pub and one of the largest scoreboards in baseball. It is named for Great American Insurance.