CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Reds will play their last spring training game in Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park on April 3 as part of a Spring Showcase, giving fans the opportunity to get a first look at the 2012 Reds and see the top players from the organization's minor league affiliates.
The Spring Showcase begins with an interactive workout prior to the game. Former Cincinnati Reds infielder Doug Flynn (1975-1977) will serve as an on-field host, while select Reds coaches and players will wear microphones and interact with fans during minor league batting practice, minor league infield practice and major league batting practice.
The Reds vs Futures game between the Major League club and players from the minor league affiliates will include special camera coverage on the scoreboard designed to give fans an unusual perspective on the action. The game will have flexibility to end when all pitchers have been used.
Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. Interactive workouts will run until the start of the game at 7:00 p.m. Minor league players will pose for photographs and sign autographs prior to the game.
“We believe offering this unique access to our final spring training workout and game is the perfect way to kick off Opening Week in Cincinnati,” said Reds Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini. “Fans are anxious for baseball to begin, and what better way than to allow fans the chance to witness first-hand the hard work being done by our players and coaches in preparation for the season.”
Tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday, February 4 at reds.com, by phone at (513) 381-REDS, at the Great American Ball Park box office and at Ticketmaster Outlets, including select Kroger stores.
All seats for this family-friendly event are reduced:
• Bleachers: $5
• Sun Deck/Moon Deck: $10
• Field Box/Infield Box: $17
Tickets for the all-inclusive Diamond Club are $65 and FOX Sports Ohio Champions Club are $35.
Fans 12 and under will receive free admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.
There will be concessions and merchandise discounts throughout the ballpark.
The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by a fan randomly-picked from the crowd (must be in attendance by 6:45 p.m.).
Minor league catcher Tucker Barnhart will receive his 2011 Rawlings Gold Glove Award during pregame ceremonies.