Reds' 2021 schedule includes Cardinals on Opening Day, interleague play vs. AL Central

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Posted at 2:15 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 17:28:14-04

CINCINNATI — The Reds haven’t started the COVID-19 delayed 2020 season and they’re already trying to drum up interest for next year by announcing the 2021 schedule Thursday.

The Reds are scheduled to host the Cardinals on Opening Day 2021 on April 1 at Great American Ball Park. Game times for 2021 have not been set.

That was supposed to be the Opening Day 2020 matchup until the coronavirus delayed the season and MLB shortened the schedule to 60 games. Instead, the Reds will open July 24 at home against the Tigers.

No fans are allowed to attend 2020 games, so the Reds have told 2020 ticket buyers they can apply the value to 2021 tickets or receive a refund.

The Reds and other NL Central teams will play 2021 interleague games against the AL Central – repeating the revised 2020 schedule. The NL Central was originally scheduled to play the AL East in 2020 until MLB restricted travel during the pandemic by having teams play against their corresponding geographical division.

The Reds are scheduled for a six-game homestand to open the 2021 season with three games each against the Cardinals and Pirates.

Other highlights include:

  • Six games against the Indians April 16-17-18 at home and May 7-8-9 in Cleveland.
  • A three-game home series with the Cubs on Fourth of July weekend July 2-3-4.
  • A 10-game September homestand that includes three games against the Dodgers on Sept 17-18-19 and four against the World Series champion Nationals on Sept. 23-24-25-26.
  • The Reds close the 2021 regular season in Pittsburgh on Oct. 1-2-3.

The 2021 All-Star Game is set for Tuesday, July 13 at Truist Park in Atlanta.