From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight we celebrate Opening Night at Great American Ball Park. The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive at 2016 Reds Calendar, courtesy of Kroger.

Ballpark gates are scheduled to open at 5:00PM for Season Ticket Members and 5:10PM for the general public. The early gate opening times are in anticipation of the 7th annual “Reds Carpet Parade” through the Fan Zone. The parade will feature the 2016 Cincinnati Reds team and coaching staff (*with some exclusions, most notably tonight’s starting pitcher, Brandon Finnegan), 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 or dangerous winds), 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. Reserves/coaching staff/support staff will come out as a group, while the Managers & starting lineups for each team are introduced individually.
• During the Anthem, a giant American flag will be unfurled in the outfield by Season Ticket Members.
• Tonight’s National Anthem will be sung by Lebanon, Ohio native and 2015 American Idol contestant Jess Lamb, accompanied by bandmate Kasey Williams.
• The Thomas More College women’s basketball team will receive a “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. Thomas More won their second straight Division III National Championship on Monday in Indianapolis.
• Tonight’s final ceremonial first pitch will be offered up by Thomas More College Head Coach Jeff Hans.
• Handling the Game Ball Delivery duties tonight will be Miss Ohio Teen USA 2016 Olivia Turk & Miss Ohio USA 2016 Megan Wise.

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.

Tonight’s game is being broadcast nationally on ESPN2, which will co-exist in our local market with the FOX Sports Ohio telecast.

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