CINCINNATI — City leaders and organizers announced celebrations Thursday for what's being called Reds "Re-Opening" Day.
Re-Opening Day is set for Wednesday, June 2 as the Cincinnati Reds take on the Philadelphia Phillies at 12:35 p.m., when capacity limits will be fully lifted at Great American Ball Park.
The decision to expand capacity came after Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine set mandatory health orders to expire on June 2.
Masks inside the ballpark are still recommended, not required. The Reds will continue to offer a $10 ticket deal for those who are vaccinated on Monday-Thursday games through the end of the season.
Here's what you need to know about Re-Opening Day festivities:
- 3CDC will host a party on Fountain Square featuring bars and a live stream of the game on the big screen atop the Foundry Building.
- Bally Sports Ohio and the Reds are giving fans a special $5 ticket offer for Re-Opening Day. Fans can buy $5 View Level tickets now through Monday night at reds.com/Bally.
- The DORA District at the Banks will open at 11 a.m., and bars and restaurants throughout downtown will be encouraged to be open with “Re-Opening Day” specials and activities.
- The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African American Chamber and Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau are offering a special discount on tickets to their members, with details to be delivered directly to members today.
- The Convention Center, Tyler Davidson Fountain, Fifth Third Building and other buildings throughout the city will be lit up in red to support the team on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mayor John Cranley and Hamilton County Commission President Stephanie Summerow Dumas proclaimed via ceremonial resolution that June 2 is a “half-day holiday." Both encouraged everyone to come to the Reds game and visit the designated outdoor refreshment area (DORA) District at the Banks.
Cincinnati Bell CEO Leigh Fox announced Thursday that the company is also giving employees a half-day and urging them to come downtown to go to the game or support small businesses. FC Cincinnati President Jeff Berding said the light fins at TQL Stadium will be illuminated in red on Tuesday and Wednesday to celebrate Re-Opening Day.
And of course, everyone in the region is encouraged to wear red on Wednesday to support Re-Opening Day.
One thing that will be missing this year is Findlay Market's Opening Day Parade. Parade Committee member Jeff Gladish says while most organizers would love to participate in a parade, there was just too little notice this time around. It usually takes five months to plan the parade, and he said one week to organize floats and participants just wasn't feasible.
The Opening Day parade next year is going to be much, much bigger than ever before, he said.