Even though I swore off making the 7 hour drive to Cincy for a while after watching the team fail to win even one of three in the NLDS, I'm already going to back pedal. The need to scratch a Cincy opening day off of my bucket list and the chance to see the rediculous talent that is the Angels CF'er is enough to get me back to Ohio. I'm so strong willed when it comes to the Reds and baseball in general.....
Anyway, anyone been? Any locals know what's not to be missed that day? If anyone knows and has the real info you won't find on the Reds or MLB websites....please feel free to share.
Thanks kid. If anyone is along it'll be my kid brother. In all my trips to Cincy I've never been to the Montgomery Inn, so I suppose it's about time I go. I usually stay in Bellvue and take the shuttle right through the Newport on the Levee area. But yeah, if you see anything about opening day info in the local media, I sure would appreciate anything you can pass along.
You are welcome brother. Now that I know it might be you and kid brother I have a better idea what to look for..........As stuff gets set up, I'll pass her along. The paper will have a big article on it for sure. You should go to Montgomery Inn. Ribs are great. The original one in montgomery is my fav, better than downtown. Much smaller, better..oh ambiance imo. We used to get carry out lunch at work from the original one. Would swing by after delivering blood to the hospital nearby.
Went last year, first time since I was 5 years old.
First, get there early. I mean tailgating for a noon SEC football game early (at least if you want to be at a "cool" bar next to stadium in Banks or on Fountain Sq).
If you don't need to be cool, try the restaurant where the Bistro used to be -- 413 Vine St., just off parade route and between Fountain Sq and GABP. They still have good beer selection, good bourbon/whiskey selection, and better than ballpark food that isn't too over priced. It really wasn't that crowded and I got there at noon last yr (plenty of tables, but i squeezed in at bar). Been there before, really a better option than popular crapholes like InBetween and places you will have to battle crowds to get a beer.
As for parking, here is the best secret for free parking I have ever known: McFarland St. off Elm between 3rd and 4th. It has metered spots and several unmetered spots along the street. A bit close to I-75 and far from stadium, but it is free (after 6, perfect for most nite games) and several were available for me to choose from close to noon on Opening Day. Plenty of others paid $8 and more to park under the highway in cow pens that prevent any chance of a quick exit when game ends.
As for game, best advice is to watch stubhub on a regular basis. I was up for my grandma's 100th bday last yr, then went to Indy to visit inlaws. Didn't decide to go until 2 days before game, got a single ticket for $100 in sec 130. If I had pulled trigger nite before, I would have had one in sec 129 for $70. Everything else is pretty crazy overpriced, and if I was going to spend at least $50 to be in the worst seat, might as well spend the bill and get a great one (I was right across ailse from Lance Mcallister, so I felt good about the ticket).
It is worth the effort to go to opening day if you have a game ticket. The parade is meh, but cool at the same time. Worth seeing, but not worth spending too much effort. The spot at Vine works great b/c you can drink and keep your spot to go smoke whatever and check the parade. The game ticket would be much cheaper if you go the single ticket route, but then again, you won't have your bro to bs with thru the game.
Having been to several 'opening nights' in the past few seasons, I can say that it is probably more fun if only b/c it isn't totally batshit, people are still psyched about the Reds, and the cost and hassle is decimated.
But you gotta cross Opening Day off the list, Spuds, and this yr is as good as any to do so. Btw, my grandma turns 101 on April 1st (no fooling). She says she doesn't want to make it, but if she does, i might have to get up there for the party alone, if not a Reds game or 3...
Either someone is just viewing this thread for grins or there are a lot of fans who are interested in Opening Day. I see it is almost at 200 views . Therefore, I will be 100% certain to post anything I stumble onto about the Opening Day festivities. I could sure use a Red's game bout now too. Maybe I'll even go .......went with a bud when we were in jr high school. Equitable insurance seats. There's alleys without meters on the west side o downtown just have to look around for them. Think it was cadillac jacks bar that years ago had a big ole free hors d'oeuvre's table set up before every game. Fanger sandwiches, ladies, fans, was great place to go. It's gone, bummer.
Rose was planning to be in town anyway for his performance of “4192-An Evening with Pete Rose Live” Monday night at U.S. Bank Arena. The theatrical two-man production has a 25-date tour that kicks off in Rose’s hometown April 1. No April Fool’s Day jokes, please. The show celebrates the 50th anniversary of Rose’s major league debut with the Reds.
Additionally, Arnold’s, on Eighth Street, will give away autographed Reds memorabilia. It’s also hosting Jeremy Dubin of Cincinnati Shakespeare Co., who will perform Casey at the Bat.
It shouldn’t be hard for fans to get in the mood for the Opening Day game at 4:10 p.m. against the Los Angeles Angels. But you better have a ticket. The cheapest standing-room only tickets on StubHub Wednesday afternoon were $99. The cheapest seats were going for $113.
Oh right now weather sucks here, cold. Maybe get to 40. ? Had snow earlier but it's gone now. Spose to warm up to 60 on Easter but rain maybe storm. Monday they're saying maybe up to 45, might have a rain/snow mix of a shower in there too. Bummer, drink more then.......keep warm, shots.
Opening Day - Monday, April 1 - Reds vs. L.A. Angels, 4:10 p.m. (gates open at 1:10 p.m.) • Opening Day Block Party: The 2nd annual Reds Community Fund Charity 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, Queen City Sausage, UDF and Kahn’s. Admission is free. Music provided by WEBN. All proceeds benefit the Reds Community Fund’s P&G MLB Urban Youth Academy. • 94th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade Grand Marshal: Reds Hall of Famer George Foster will serve as the Grand Marshal of the Findlay Market parade, which begins at noon. • Ceremonial First Pitch: Joe Torre, manager of Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. • National Anthem: Cincinnati firefighter John Winfrey will sing the National Anthem. • Honorary Captain: Bob Kevoian from the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show radio program will serve as the Honorary Captain of the Game. • Game Ball Delivery: Fire Chief Richard A. Braun of the Cincinnati Fire Department will deliver the official Game Ball to the mound during pregame ceremonies. • Flyover: Two T-28 Trojans and one B-25 Mitchell from the Tri-State Warbird Museum in Batavia will perform a pregame flyover. • Wounded Hero Recognition: Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will participate in a pregame ceremony to honor wounded heroes. • Moment of Remembrance: To honor the victims of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., the Reds (and all Major League Baseball teams) are wearing a symbolic ribbon patch and will observe a pregame moment of remembrance. • American Flag: Members of the Cincinnati Fire Department will hold a giant American flag during the National Anthem. The Cincinnati Fire Department is celebrating its 160th year in 2013. The Cincinnati Fire Department was organized in 1853 and is the nation’s oldest fully paid professional fire department. • God Bless America: Local quartet ‘The Mistics’ will sing God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch. • Rally Towels: “This is Reds Country” rally towels will be distributed at the gates (while supplies last), courtesy of Cincinnati Bell, Horseshoe Casino, Kroger, Homemade Brand Ice Cream/UDF and P&G.
Opening Night featuring Reds players in the fan zone pre-game Wednesday, April 3 - Reds vs. L.A. Angels, 7:10 p.m. (gates open at 5:10 p.m.) • Reds in the Fan Zone: Reds players and coaches to appear in the Kroger Fan Zone to walk the red carpet starting at 5:30 p.m. • National Anthem: Arin Ray, top 10 finalist on the X Factor and School for Creative & Performing Arts senior, will sing the National Anthem. • 2013 Reds Calendar: The first 20,000 fans will receive a 2013 Team Calendar, presented by Kroger. • Silver Slugger: 2012 National League Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger winner Jay Bruce will receive his award during pregame ceremonies. • Ball Delivery: Miss Ohio Kristin Smith and Miss Teen Ohio Brittany Reid will deliver the official Game Ball to the mound during pregame ceremonies. • Rusty Griswolds: ‘80’s cover band ‘The Rusty Griswolds’ will perform from a stage at the new Budweiser Bowtie Bar located on the right field porch during inning breaks and after the game. • Postgame Fireworks presented by TriHealth: ‘The Rusty Griswolds’ will play live during the post-game fireworks show featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks.
Thursday, April 4 - Reds vs. L.A. Angels, 12:35 p.m. (gates open at 11:05 a.m.) • 20,000th Reds Game: Today marks the 20,000th game in Reds history, dating back to the first game played in 1882 by the Cincinnati Red Stockings of the American Association. The Reds are the fourth MLB franchise to hit the 20,000 game mark. • Business Day Ticket Offer: Come down to Great American Ball Park for the Business Day Special. For only $15 fans get a game ticket and $10 in concession credits. Visit reds.com/skipwork to purchase.
Friday, April 5 - Reds vs. Washington Nationals, 7:10 p.m. (gates open at 5:40 p.m.) • Fireworks Friday: Post-game Rozzi’s fireworks show will start approximately 15 minutes after the end of the game, presented by Klosterman Baking Co.
Saturday, April 6 - Reds vs. Washington Nationals, 1:10 p.m. (gates open at 11:40 a.m.) Reds Collegiate Invitational to play after game - UC vs. Louisville • Reds Collegiate Invitational: Fans can stay after today’s game to watch the University of Cincinnati and University of Louisville baseball teams square off in the inaugural Reds Collegiate Invitational. The UC vs. U of L matchup will begin 30 minutes after the Reds vs. Nationals game, marking the first NCAA game played at Great American Ball Park. • Reds Fleece Blanket: The first 20,000 fans receive a Reds fleece blanket, presented by Duke Energy Retail. • Book signing at the Reds Hall of Fame: Local author and FOX Sports Ohio statistician Joel Luckhaupt will sign copies of his new book Things Reds Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die from 11 a.m. to Noon at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. Copies of the book are available for sale at the Reds Hall of Fame Gift Shop. The signing is free with admission to the museum.
Sunday, April 7 - Reds vs. Washington Nationals, 1:10 p.m. (gates open at 11:40 a.m.) • Reds Magnetic Schedule: The first 20,000 fans receive a 2013 Magnetic Schedule/Car Magnet featuring Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, presented by PNC Bank. • First Pitch: Ohio’s First Lady, Karen Kasich, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. • Reach Magazine Family Day: Sundays are family days at the ballpark! One member of the family pays full price and may purchase up to three non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. (Excludes Outer View Level and Kroger Bleachers.) • Run the Bases Day: Fans of all ages can line up after the game to run the bases.