Website: http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/ballpark/index.jsp or www.reds.com
Address: 100 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: Central Parking System offices (513) 946-8100
Info: Optional Red Heads Kids Club – $20. Kids 14 and younger. Exclusive members-only experiences at Great American Ball Park, Four FREE ticket vouchers to select Reds home games for club member, Exclusive members-only club jersey, Membership card with lanyard, Reds Heads baseball cap, Exclusive drawstring Jay Bruce jersey replica backpack, A pair of cool wristbands, Reds Heads temporary tattoo, Exclusive Reds Heads Newsletters, FREE ticket to the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, and more.
What can I say… We are die-hard fans and going to the ball park may take some preparation but it is worth it for the forever family memories. We also signed up our kids for the “Red Heads” kids club and when the huge package came in the mail, my kids thought it was their birthday or something. T-shirt, hat,back-pack, temporary tatoos, game tickets, and so much more. It was definitely worth more than the $20 kids club membership.
Typical Day: Everyone in the family dressed in RED with our hats on and loads of sunscreen. We had purchased tickets online, and we made sure to leave the house early on this particular hot July day. About 45 minutes prior to the game, we were told we could line up with tons of other fans and walk the field. I’m not exactly sure if this is for every game, or if it was for this particular game only, but we made sure to be there early.
While we were waiting to line up, we had lots to do inside the Great American Ball Park. We enjoyed the “Home Run Challenge” where you can throw a baseball as fast as you can in a little tent area, took pictures in the photo wall of players, played on the playground, and simply soaked in the excitement of being surrounded by Red’s fans.
When it was time to line up before the game, a Ball Park employee and security guard lead us around to an entrance under the stadium, and when they gave the ok to walk… we walked right out on the red clay Great American Ball Park. It was amazing. Their were fans waving to us from up in the stands, there were Red’s team players on the field, there was music playing, and the announcer was thanking their sponsors over the intercom. I took a million pictures of my boys and my husband walking proudly.
Then it was up to the bleachers to find our seats, followed by hot dogs, cotton candy, and evenutally walking around the stadium peering through the crowds to see plays from different sections. We also tried to go into the Hall of Fame museum with the free admission tickets that our kids had gotten from the Red Heads Kids Club. However, the tickets were only good for free admission for the kids, whom could not enter without an adult, and adult admission is $10 per person. So… we opted not to do the Hall of Fame this day, and enjoy more goodies and treats instead.
Only one word can describe a day at the Great American Ball Park… FUN!
Cincy Kids: APPROVE