Courtesy of my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight we celebrate Opening Night at Great American Ball Park. The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive at 2015 Reds Calendar, courtesy of Kroger.

Ballpark gates are scheduled to open at 5:00PM for Season Ticket Holders and 5:10PM for the general public. The early gate opening times are in anticipation of the 6th annual “Reds Carpet Parade” through the Fan Zone. The parade will feature the 2015 Cincinnati Reds team and coaching staff (*with some exclusions, most notably those out of town on rehab assignment & tonight’s starting pitcher, Mike Leake), along with our mascots, and several celebrities attending tonight’s game and participating in pregame ceremonies. The parade is scheduled to begin at 5:30PM and conclude at approximately 6:15PM.

**Please note that we have tented the players parade route in an effort to hold this event rain or shine. However, if there is dangerous weather in the area at the time of the parade (severe thunderstorms), we may have to reschedule to a later date this season with the safety of our players and fans in mind.

The following pregame ceremonies are scheduled to take place tonight:
• Introductions of both teams prior to the singing of our National Anthem.
• During the Anthem, a giant American flag will be unfurled in the outfield by players, coaches & administrators from The Ohio State University football team.
• Tonight’s National Anthem will be sung by Ihsan Walker.
• We will recognize members of the 2014 Reds team and present to the organization the 2014 Wilson Defensive Team of the Year Award. Johnny Cueto will also receive his 2014 Wilson Defensive Pitcher of the Year Award during the ceremony.
• Cueto will also receive his GIBBY Award for 2014 Bounceback Player of the Year.
• The Ohio State University football team will receive the first of its kind “Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award”. The award was created to recognize individual and team state championships, as well as national championships, won throughout Reds Country.
• Tonight’s final ceremonial first pitch will be offered up simultaneously by Head Coach Urban Meyer and players Adolphous Washington (Taft HS) & Joe Burger (LaSalle HS).
• A donation will be made to the Urban & Shelley Meyer Foundation for Cancer Research as a result of ticket sales to tonight’s game. The donation amount will be announced during the ceremony.
• Handling the Game Ball Delivery duties tonight will be Miss Ohio Teen USA 2015 Shelley Stapleton & Miss Ohio USA 2015 Sara Newkirk.

The Ohio State University football team will walk the Reds Carpet in the Fan Zone during the 1st inning of tonight’s game. Due to NCAA guidelines, there are absolutely no autographs during OSU’s walk of the Reds Carpet.

Tonight’s postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, is scheduled to begin approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of the game. The postgame Opening Night Fireworks show will be accompanied by a LIVE music soundtrack provided by The Rusty Griswolds. The Rustys will perform during the game and immediately following the game from the stage on the rightfield porch.

Tonight our Reds ground crew & members of the FOX Sports Ohio broadcast team will be wearing Opening Night tuxedos provided by Folchi’s Formalwear.

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