Baseball is back; plans already underway for Reds Opening Day

Baseball will soon be back at Great American Ball Park. After a 99 day lock out, plans for Opening Day and the start of the Reds season are now in full swing.A century-long tradition is on track to return for the first time since before the pandemic.”Opening Day has become this phenomenon in Cincinnati that we only have here. This is the only major league city that celebrates Opening Day like we do,” said Neil Luken, Reds Opening Day Parade Committee Chairperson.Luken says it’s been a long time coming. The lock out made it difficult to solidify vendors and other logistics.”We’ve been planning this parade since the first of the year and actually the last two years so now that we finally have a date,” Luken said.The home opener against the Cleveland Guardians is set for April 12. Businesses like E+O Kitchen and Holly Grail are excited to welcome fans. That’s our busy season. We were a little worried with all the back and forth between the players and the association but very relieved to hear the news tonight,” said Victor Visciani, manager, Holy Grail. Restaurants are prepping for fans to flock downtown and Reds season to come. “We’re already taking reservations. We’re already getting phone calls. And we’re already planning our events. So we’re super excited,” said Tony Castelli, marketing director, E+O Kitchen. Inflation and supply chain shortages will likely impact the size of the parade and food offerings at local restaurants and bars.

Baseball will soon be back at Great American Ball Park. After a 99 day lock out, plans for Opening Day and the start of the Reds season are now in full swing.

A century-long tradition is on track to return for the first time since before the pandemic.

“Opening Day has become this phenomenon in Cincinnati that we only have here. This is the only major league city that celebrates Opening Day like we do,” said Neil Luken, Reds Opening Day Parade Committee Chairperson.

Luken says it’s been a long time coming. The lock out made it difficult to solidify vendors and other logistics.

“We’ve been planning this parade since the first of the year and actually the last two years so now that we finally have a date,” Luken said.

The home opener against the Cleveland Guardians is set for April 12. Businesses like E+O Kitchen and Holly Grail are excited to welcome fans.

“It’s everything. That’s our busy season. We were a little worried with all the back and forth between the players and the association but very relieved to hear the news tonight,” said Victor Visciani, manager, Holy Grail.

Restaurants are prepping for fans to flock downtown and Reds season to come.

“We’re already taking reservations. We’re already getting phone calls. And we’re already planning our events. So we’re super excited,” said Tony Castelli, marketing director, E+O Kitchen.

Inflation and supply chain shortages will likely impact the size of the parade and food offerings at local restaurants and bars. Business owners say the key to it all is planning early and remaining flexible.

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