Cincinnati Reds Opening Week Highlights 2021

2:40 p.m. – The gates to the Great American Ball Park open

• • Fan giveaway: All fans will receive a magnet schedule for 2021 Reds and a # 8 car magnet in memory of Joe Morgan, presented by PNC Bank.

3:30 p.m. – The preparation ceremonies begin

• • Ceremonial first pitch: Retired Ohio Senator Rob Portman is set to kick out ceremonial first place. Senator Portman will throw the ball from his seat (behind the Reds’ dugout) onto the field.

• • In remembrance: A moment of remembrance before the national anthem to honor the lives of former Reds players, coaches and staff who have passed away since opening day last year, including a special tribute to the Hall of Famer Joe Morgan.

• • National Anthem: Marlana VanHoose from Denver, Kentucky will sing the national anthem.

• • Honorary captains: Lisa and Summer Morgan, the daughter and granddaughter of Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, will serve as Honorary Captains of the game.

• • Player introductions: The rosters of both teams will be announced and players will line the first and third base paths for introductions.

• • Overpass: The pre-game transfer will be performed by two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 112th (one-twelfth) Stingers Fighter Wing from the 180th Fighter Wing Ohio Air National Guard Base in Toledo, Ohio.

• • Game Ball Delivery: The Reds will pay tribute to all frontline workers and medical professionals, and a local Frontline All-Star, Som Vongprachanh of Kroger Marketplace in Oakley, will receive an official match ball during this ceremony.

• • Unity celebration with student-athletes from Reds Youth Academy: Pre-game ceremonies that highlight a commitment to positive change and inclusivity in the community and recognize members of the Reds RBI 18U baseball team who have signed letters of intent to play college baseball. (Official signing ceremony in honor of all players, which will be announced later this spring)

• • Findlay Market Basket: Findlay Market representatives will present their annual Findlay Market Basket presentation to Red’s President and COO Phil Castellini.

4:10 p.m. – Opening Game – Cincinnati Reds v St. Louis Cardinals

• • Start pitchers: Reds RHP Luis Castillo versus Cardinals RHP Jack Flaherty

• • Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero: First Sergeant Adam Koster (ret.) Is honored as the Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero of the Game. 1SG Koster served 35 years in military intelligence, most recently with the United States Central Command in Tampa, FL.

• • Kroger first aiders: Fireman / EMT Chris Courtney of the Worthington (OH) Fire Department is honored as the Kroger First Responder of the game. Chris has been with Worthington FD for 22 years and with Ohio Task Force One for seven years.

• • God bless America: Master Sergeant Christin Foley of Wright Patterson Air Force Base “Band of Flight” will sing “God Bless America” ​​during the 7th inning distance. Before we sing “God Bless America” we take a short break to honor the life lost in the global pandemic.

Saturday, April 3 – Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 4:10 p.m. (Gates open at 2.40 p.m.)

• • Kids Cap Giveaway: Fans up to 14 years of age will receive a cap on children’s opening day, which will be presented by Frisch’s Big Boy

Sunday April 4 – Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:10 p.m. (Gates open at 11:40 a.m.)

• • Tucker Barnhart Fathead® Wall Decal: As part of Family Day at the Stadium, Tucker Barnhart will be showcasing wall decals for children 14 and under, presented by Texas Roadhouse.

• • Easter Bunny: The Easter Bunny will join the Reds mascots and greet fans in locations around the stadium including the First Star Fan Zone, PNC Power Stacks and the TriHealth Family Zone.

• • Family Sunday: Every Sunday Reds home game is a family Sunday presented by Klosterman Bakery. Enjoy freebies for kids, family-friendly activities, and more.

Monday April 5 – Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 6:40 p.m. (Gates open at 5.40 p.m.)

• • Team calendar: 2021 Reds Team Calendar for fans present, presented by Kroger while supplies last.

Tuesday April 6 – Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 6:40 p.m. (Gates open at 5.40 p.m.)

• • Team calendar: 2021 Reds Team Calendar for fans present, presented by Kroger while supplies last.

Wednesday April 7 – Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 12:35 a.m. (Gates open at 11:05 a.m.)

• • Team calendar: 2021 Reds Team Calendar for fans present, presented by Kroger while supplies last.

• • First pitch: Mike Edwards, 2014 Winton Woods High School graduate and Super Bowl LV champion with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is about to knock out a ceremonial first place.

• • Bally Sports Ohio Ticket Offer: To welcome fans back to the stadium this season, Bally Sports Ohio is offering fans a special ticket offer for the April 5-7 series against the Pirates. Starting Friday, April 2 at 12 p.m. ET, fans can purchase $ 10 View Level tickets to all three Pirate Games. The offer is valid until Monday, April 5, 11:59 p.m. (CET), subject to availability:

• • April Hospitality Offer: Fans have the opportunity to enjoy a game of Reds from one of our unique party areas. A limited number of tickets are available in selected party areas for single games for April games this season:

• • Opening day Split the Pot: Fans in the stadium and at home will have the opportunity to play in a special split the pot on until the opening day. The jackpot is currently over $ 140,000. One lucky fan wins 50 percent of net sales and the remainder goes to the Reds Community Fund’s baseball and softball outreach programs. Fans must be 18 years or older at the time of purchase and be in the state of Ohio to participate. Buy tickets now and find the official rules at

• • Reds Fan Cutouts: The popular Reds Fan Cutouts are back at GABP for 2021. Each cutout costs $ 75 and all proceeds go to the Reds Community Fund:

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore

• • New film in the HOF Theater: Fans can watch the new short film, Laughs and Gaffes: The Lighter Side of Reds Baseball, presented by PNC Bank. The film will be shown in the Jeff Wyler Family Hall of Fame Theater. Plan your visit on

• • Dave Parker Book Signing, April 3rd: Reds Hall of Famer Dave Parker will be signing copies of his new autobiography, “Cobra: A Life of Baseball and Brotherhood”, on Saturday, April 3, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Entry to the book signing is for Hall of Fame members or with a book purchase. Visitors who purchase books before they buy are assigned a signing time to allow social distancing. Please call the Reds Hall of Fame at (513) 765-7923 for more information.

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