When the Cincinnati Reds wanted to create a nursing suite for breast-feeding moms to go to during the game to give them more privacy, they turned to USFloors and its COREtec Plus.
Mike Oz of Big League Stew originally reported the opening of the suite via Yahoo Sports, where he quoted Phil Castellany, the Reds’ COO, who told ESPN the club had an increasing number of women asking for a better place to nurse and, as a father of five, he knew this was a serious demand, so the team created something special at Great American Ball Park. “It just didn’t make sense that we would put a couple chairs in the women’s bathrooms.”
With Pampers as the major sponsor, Oz noted the result is “this straight-outta-HGTV suite that’s probably better than most peoples' homes.”
America’s Floor Source, with locations in Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Louisville, Ky., was the local homebuilder in charge of installing the 500 square feet of the 7-ft 1/8-inch wide COREtec Plus in Blackstone Oak for the suite.
Tim Henson, president and COO, told Floor Trends, “This space is for the players’ wives who are currently breastfeeding. The Reds wanted a space that was warm, stylish and most of all, easy to take care of. The requirements were to have a product that looks and feels like wood, easy to clean and would stand up to the maintenance of spilled breast milk” adding COREtec was the perfect choice for the situation.
In his story, Oz notes the Reds advertise the suites as, “A private area open to all moms for breast feeding, bottle feeding and other child care needs. This space features comfortable gliders, a kitchenette with a sink, ice and refrigeration, a private restroom, changing stations and lockers for storing your items during the game.”
There is also a TV so the parent won’t miss the game. And for parents with more than one child, the room also has toys to keep them occupied.