By: Ally Kraemer
CINCINNATI — As COVID-19 recedes and most health orders have lifted in Ohio, the Cincinnati Reds had planned to welcome baseball fans back to Great American Ball Park with Reds “Re-Opening Day” Wednesday.
But Mother Nature had other plans: The day’s inclement weather forecast caused the team to postpone Wednesday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Re-Opening Day against Philadelphia was rescheduled for June 28. The team’s next game will be on the road in St. Louis Thursday.
While Opening Day in April drew crowds to the new DORA at The Banks, Re-Opening Day hoped to draw more people to the ballpark as capacity limits and social distancing requirements are lifted. There’s also no mask requirement inside the stadium, but they are recommended.
Reds president and COO Phil Castellini said he wants people to support the team, but he also wants people to support businesses at The Banks which took a hard hit over the past year. He hopes this re-opening supports more than just baseball.
“This is about celebrating the reopening of our state, us getting control of our lives back,” Castellini said. “I am ready and I hope you are as well. So thank everybody that has helped us get here as a state, let’s keep it up, let’s keep going, let’s stay safe and let’s put this thing in the rear view.”
The game against the Philadelphia Phillies was scheduled to start at 12:35 p.m., and the city of Cincinnati declared today a “half-day holiday” so fans could support the Reds and local businesses.
Fans who decide to spend the afternoon Downtown or at The Banks despite the postponement should be aware Cincinnati police will be testing their SpotShotter technology using controlled, live gunfire later in the afternoon or early evening.