It’s not quite the same as cutting work and school to watch the annual Findlay Market parade, but today is in fact Opening Day for the Cincinnati Reds. They begin a strange sprint of a season at 6:10 p.m. at Great American Ball Park against the Detroit Tigers, but you won’t be allowed inside to watch them live—so catch an alternative viewing option if you crave being around other Reds fans.
The Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel downtown is hosting a watch party in the Palm Court, featuring an in-person appearance by Marty Brennaman (pictured above) as he eases into retirement. Cover charge is $10, which includes a ticket to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum; elegant ballpark-themed food (coney dogs, loaded French fries, ribs) and Rhinegeist Hustle IPA are available for purchase. Doors open at 4 p.m.
The Banks is usually a prime place to congregate on Opening Day and before any Reds home game, though the crowds will be smaller today due to social distancing. The Holy Grail Tavern and Grille opens at 11:00 a.m., requiring a mask and temperature check to enter. The Moerlein Lager House has 18 TVs inside, plus lawn seating outside and a to-go beer window. Galla Park has indoor and outdoor seating and is suggesting reservations.
You can also watch the Fox Sports Ohio TV broadcast on Fountain Square’s LED video board or listen to the WLW radio call on speakers throughout Washington Park. Both locations offer bar service starting at 4 p.m.
All venues and event organizers want patrons to wear masks when not eating and drinking and to practice proper social distancing and health protocols.