With the Cincinnati Reds coming off a playoff season, fan enthusiasm for the upcoming, sold-out Opening Day game against the Los Angeles Angels might be expected to be even higher than usual. And while the actual playing of the game is all well and good, the festivities naturally start much earlier and continue throughout the week.
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How to Go
What: Opening Day: Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Angels
When: Monday, April 1, 4:10 p.m.
Where: Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH
More Info: (513) 381-REDS or www.reds.com
Opening Week at a glance
If you can’t make it to Opening Day, don’t despair. Games throughout Opening Week are featuring several promotions and entertainments as well.
April 3: Reds vs. Angels: 7:10 p.m.
• “X Factor” finalist and Cincinnati native Arin Ray will sing the National Anthem.
• Outfielder Jay Bruce will be formally presented with his 2012 Silver Slugger Award, partially for the 34 home runs he hit last year, third in the National League.
• The first 20,000 fans will receive a 2013 team calendar.
• The Rusty Griswolds, a popular regional 1980s cover band, will perform live between innings and after the game during the fireworks.
April 4: Reds vs. Angels: 12:35 p.m.
• The Business Day Special dictates that for only $15, fans will receive a game ticket and $10 in concession credits. Visit www.reds.com/skipwork for more details.
April 6: Reds vs. Washington Nationals: 1:10 p.m.
• Come down a little early at 11 a.m. to buy an autographed copy of “Things Reds Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die,” by Fox Sports Ohio statistician Joel Luckhaupt, at the Reds Hall of Fame Museum.
• The first 20,000 fans will receive a Reds fleece blanket.
• Thirty minutes after the game, fans can stay and watch the University of Cincinnati and University of Louisville baseball teams square off in the first NCAA baseball game to be played at Great American Ball Park.
April 7: Reds vs. Nationals: 1:10 p.m.
• The first 20,000 fans will receive a 2013 magnetic schedule/car magnet featuring Reds ace, Johnny Cueto.
• It’s Reach Magazine Family Day, and so one family member, by paying full price for one ticket, will receive three non-premium tickets at half price. The Outer Level View and Kroger bleachers are excluded and these tickets are available in advance only.
• For the first time in the 2013 season, kids can run the bases following the game.