Reds 2015 Opening Day & Opening Night Announcements
139th Opening Day in Cincinnati – Monday, April 6 – Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 4:10 pm (gates open at 2:10 pm)
• Reds Community Fund Charity Block Party: The fourth annual Opening Day Block Party kicks off at 11 a.m. on Joe Nuxhall Way and Freedom Way. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Budweiser, Coca-Cola, LaRosa’s and Queen City Sausage. Admission is free. Live music and entertainment provided by WEBN. Additional Block Party partners include St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Sargento Natural Cheese. All proceeds benefit the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy.
• 96th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade: 1990 relief pitchers Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers (The Nasty Boys) will serve as the Grand Marshals, with select current Reds making an appearance.
• Ceremonial First Pitches: The Nasty Boys (Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers) will throw out simultaneous first pitches.
• National Anthem: Marlana VanHoose from Denver, Ky will sing the National Anthem. Marlana was born with cytomegalovirus (CMV), is blind and was featured on ESPN’s E:60.
• Flyover: A helicopter from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit will perform a pregame flyover.
• Wounded Hero Recognition: Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH 2nd District) will participate in a pregame ceremony to honor wounded veterans.
• American Flag: U.S. Navy Reservists will hold a giant American flag in the outfield during the National Anthem. The Navy Reserves are celebrating their centennial anniversary this year.
• God Bless America: “God Bless America” will be performed by Cincinnati firefighter John Winfrey during the 7th inning stretch and is dedicated to Fire Apparatus Operator Daryl Gordon, the Cincinnati firefighter who died in the line of duty on March 26.
• Hometown Hero: MSGT Michael Guilkey from Independence, Ky will serve as the Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero of the game.
Opening Night – Wednesday, April 8 – Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:10 pm (gates open at 5:10 pm)
• Reds in the Fan Zone: Reds players and coaches will walk the red carpet in the Kroger Fan Zone and meet and greet with fans and starting at 5:30 p.m.
• Special Guests – The Ohio State Buckeyes: Over 80 players, coaches and support staff of the 2014 National Champion Ohio State Buckeye football team will participate in many events at the ballpark on Opening Night including:
– Accepting the first of its kind “Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award” during pregame ceremonies
– Players, coaches and administrators will hold a giant American flag during the National Anthem
– Head Coach Urban Meyer and members of the team will offer up simultaneous ceremonial first pitches
– The team will walk the “Reds Carpet” in the Kroger Fan Zone during the first inning (Players will not be permitted to give autographs while walking the red carpet)
– The 2014 National Championship trophy will be on display in the Kroger Fan Zone throughout the game and Brutus Buckeye will participate in activities around the ballpark
– The Reds will donate $1 of every regular adult ticket purchased between April 1 and April 7 to the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research
• 2015 Reds Calendar: The first 20,000 fans will receive a 2015 Reds Team Calendar, presented by Kroger.
• National Anthem: St. Xavier High School junior Ihsan Walker will sing the National Anthem.
• Awards Ceremonies: The following awards will be presented on the field during pregame ceremonies:
– Johnny Cueto will receive the 2014 Wilson Defensive Player of The Year Award
– Cueto will also receive MLB.com’s Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Award for Bounceback Player of the Year
– Members of the 2014 Reds will accept the 2014 Wilson Defensive Team of the Year Award
• Game Ball Delivery: Miss Ohio USA 2015 Sara Newkirk and Miss Ohio Teen USA 2015 Shelby Stapleton will deliver the official game ball. They will also walk the red carpet in the Kroger Fan Zone before the game.
• Live Music: 80’s cover band The Rusty Griswolds will perform from a stage on the right field porch during inning breaks and after the game. The band will also serve as the Honorary Captains of the game.
• Post-game Fireworks presented by PNC Bank: The Rusty Griswolds will play live during the post-game fireworks show featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks.
Great American Ball Park’s new features are ‘Uniquely Cincinnati’
Includes a look to the future while paying homage to the Queen City’s cultural heritage
CINCINNATI (March 31, 2015) – Significant upgrades have been made to Great American Ball Park for the 2015 season in preparation to host the 86th MLB® All-Star Game® on July 14.
“One of the biggest changes fans will see is the newly renovated Handlebar at the Riverfront Club, which is a great contemporary space offering a look to the future,” said Phil Castellini, Reds Chief Operating Officer.
The Handlebar at the Riverfront Club presented by Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
The Handlebar is Great American Ball Park’s newest entertainment and hospitality area, where guests will enjoy an all-inclusive upscale buffet and open bar. Located on the Club Level overlooking right field, the Handlebar at the newly renovated Riverfront Club offers upscale contemporary furnishings while featuring a 26-foot video wall, high definition video columns and both indoor and outdoor seating. Fans can purchase standing room only tickets, outdoor rail seats or luxury boxes that seat groups of 12-14 guests. For more information, visit reds.com/handlebar.
“Many of the new ballpark features include historic elements and streetscape façades that pay homage to the Queen City’s cultural heritage,” said Castellini. “Reds baseball is an intrinsic part of our past, and we are excited to have the ballpark reflect the vibrancy happening throughout our downtown. These ballpark features are a great opportunity to showcase Cincinnati’s history to the thousands of guests visiting the region during All-Star Summer.”
Located along the first-base concourse on the Terrace Level, Bootleggers Bar is a new walk-in area serving beer and liquor that features a historical design reminiscent of a Cincinnati speakeasy from the early 1900s.
A new streetscape just inside the main gates featuring retail locations for the Majestic Home Plate Shop, Split the Pot Booth, Season Ticket Holder Central, Game-Used Authentics and Fan Club Corner.
Concessions Streetscape Theme
• The Frisch’s, LaRosa’s, UDF Ice Cream, Penn Station, Skyline Chili, Moerlein Lager House and Taste of Belgium concessions on the Terrace Level concourse received new streetscape façades.
• Several concession stands serving hot dogs, brats, metts and other ballpark fare have been re-branded Porkopolis to pay tribute to the city’s heritage.
• The new food options at the Fry Box will feature fresh cut fries with a variety of hearty toppings and flavors. The façade is uniquely constructed from a shipping container.
Additional Fan Experience Upgrades
Pampers Nursing Suite built by Fischer Homes
The Pampers Nursing Suite built by Fischer Homes is a private area open to all moms for breast feeding, bottle feeding and other child care needs. The space features five comfortable gliders, changing stations, private restroom, kitchenette with a sink, ice and refrigeration, lockers for storing items and flat screen TVs so mom doesn’t miss any of the game. Located on the Suite Level near the Champions Club elevators.
DraftServ Beer Stations
Twenty DraftServ self-serve beer stations will be installed around the ballpark featuring Budweiser, Bud Light and Goose Island. Fans can purchase a “beer card” at retail team shops and pay for the beer by the ounce.
Food Ordering Kiosks
Four touch-screen kiosks have been added on the Terrace Level down the third-base concourse that will allow fans to place food orders and then pick them up at designated concession stands.
My pal Michael “Mando” Anderson gives us the scoop on the new Nursing Suite at Great American Ball Park…
The new Pampers Nursing Suite built by Fischer Homes is 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. We hope you enjoy this new family-friendly amenity located on the Suite Level near the Champions Club elevators.
The Reds have acquired from the Astros 1B Dan Johnson in exchange for a player to be named or cash; traded to the Phillies IF Devin Lohman in exchange for a player to be named or cash.
Johnson will report to the Reds’ minor league camp in Goodyear.