Sensor room, stage in stands among the innovations at GABP

Aside from digital tickets, cashless food, and a new backpack-free rule, there are a few more surprises for fans as the opening day at Great American Ball Park begins.

Covid-19 regulations prohibit anyone on the field except players, coaches and the ground team, which is why entertainment has been moved to the stands. There is a stage along the third baseline.

The seats are in pods this year, with only 30% of the visitors being allowed in the stadium. The pods come with two, four, or six people and each pod is six feet apart.

While touring GABP on Monday, Reds President Phil Castellini told WVXU and other media outlets that everything was cleaned regularly. “I would just say that one of the products we use is Microban, it’s a P&G product.”

Masks are required in the stadium. Castellini says fans will be constantly reminded of this through signage and on the PA system.

Reds say they are in MLB with sensory space first

There is now a sensory space as part of the “family zone”.

According to Dr. Joseph Bailey, TriHealth’s Pediatric Director, gives children a break here. “The lights are dim. There are soft couches or soft areas to sit on. There are some closed areas for children to feel safe.”

The family zone also includes a care room and an outdoor play area.

What about the food?

The Reds Chef Gary Davis may have outdone himself with the S’mores Fry Box. It’s french fries with chocolate sauce, M & Ms, marshmallows, and a crispy peanut chip.

“I know a lot of people say, ‘Oh my god, what are you doing? Why would you do such a crazy thing?’ But that’s what I thought of, “says Davis. “We have to do something different. We have to get out of the box. We have to start something or do something that nobody really thinks about.”

The chef also showed off his wicked nachos and a flavorful chicken sandwich.

You can experience it all from opening day Thursday when the Reds play against the Cardinals from 4:10 p.m.

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