Cincinnati is gearing up for a brand new season of Reds baseball, and this year, the celebration lasts all week. Not only will the 93rd annual Findlay Market Opening Day parade march through downtown on Tuesday, the Reds will play host to a whole host of affordable activities at the Great American Ballpark.
Tuesday, April 3
Spring Showcase (from $5 per ticket). The Futures team, featuring up-and-coming minor league baseball players, will take on the Reds at 7:10, following a batting practice by both teams starting at 5:00 p.m. at Great American Ballpark. The Futures will sign autographs at this event, and one randomly chosen fan will get to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Fans can also take a tour of the tunnels beneath the ballpark. Spring Showcase tickets grant kids 12 and under free access to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.
Thursday, April 5 (Opening Day)
Perhaps the most common excuse for a half-day off work around these parts, the incredibly popular, enduring tradition continues as the 93rd annual Findlay Market Opening Day Parade gets underway at 1 pm. This year’s Grand Marshal is former Reds infielder Aaron Boone. Check out the parade route here.
Opening Day game highlights:
- Hamilton County Sheriff Simon L. Leis Jr. will throw out the ceremonial first pitch
- Award-winning singer/songwriter Rodney Atkins will sing the National Anthem
- A special Moment of Remembrance will honor former Reds owner Carl H. Lindner and local victims of the March tornado outbreak
- Bob Kevoian from the “Bob and Tom Show” will lead the crowd in singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch
If you don’t have tickets, don’t worry! Rally on the Square lasts all day on Fountain Square, with live music, Skyline coneys, Christian Moerlein beer, and plenty of fun activities for the whole family.
Saturday, April 7 (Opening Night)
The Reds will celebrate the first night game of the season on Saturday, dubbing this event Opening Night. Highlights from this event include:
- Josh Hutcherson, Union, KY native and star of the wildly popular Hunger Games movie will throw out the first pitch
- “American Idol” contestant and Loveland native Eben Frackewitz, will sing the National Anthem
- Local favorites The Rusty Griswolds will perform during inning breaks and after the game during a special Rozzi Fireworks display
Sunday, April 8
The Opening Week celebrations conclude Sunday when the Reds take on the Marlins for one last time in the initial series at 1:10 pm with an appearance from the Easter Bunny. The Reds are offering special family deals on Sunday home games throughout the upcoming season, including buy-one-get-three-half-price tickets.