August 2, 1939: The Reds announce plans to add 3,100 seats to Crosley Field by erecting a second deck to the pavilions down the left and right field lines, at a cost of $125,000. The extra seats raised the capacity of Crosley Field to 29,401. The added sections were finished wit a steel floor, instead of concrete like the remainder of the upper deck, and were completed just before teh end of the season.

Fans quickly discovered the unique sound properties of the new steel floor by banging their feet in unison to “cheer” the Reds on during rallies. The 1939 addition was planed by Harry Hake, Jr., the son of the original architect. Despite the additional seating, Crosley Field still had the smallest capacity of any ballpark in the NL.

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