Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The greatest Reds fan gathering of the year is looming near

Believe it or not, Redsfest 2012 is now only 16 days away. It presents a great opportunity for fans to interact with fellow fans, current and former players, coaches, and team personnel. There will also be interactive games, autograph booths, exhibits, and much more on tap during the weekend. Here's a little information regarding the annual event thanks to a press release from the team...

CINCINNATI -- FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest presented by PNC Bank will expand to the third floor of the Duke Energy Convention Center to create a bigger and better Reds Heads Fun Zone for kids of all ages featuring a photo opportunity with Santa, arcade games, inflatables, player story time sessions, live music, circus performers and more.

The annual fan festival will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Downtown Cincinnati on Friday, Dec. 7 from 3 to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 am to 6:30 p.m.

“We are expanding Redsfest to offer kids and families additional space for fun and games,” said Phil Castellini, Reds COO. “We’re dedicating the third floor of the convention center to kid-friendly interactives while keeping the traditional Redsfest offerings on the main floor.”

Redsfest tickets are on sale now at reds.com, by phone at (513) 381-REDS, at the Great American Ball Park box office and at select Kroger stores with Ticketmaster retail outlets.

Two-day tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and younger. One-day tickets are $17 for adults and $7 for kids. Children three and under are admitted free.

With paid two-day admission, fans receive one free View Level ticket to the Reds vs. Angels Opening Night game on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Great American Ball Park. Additionally, the first 10,000 fans each day will receive a free Reds winter headband and drawstring backpack.

Redsfest has grown to over 250,000 square feet of activities, including autograph and photo booths with current and former Reds players, interactive games for fans of all ages, hard-to-find memorabilia and much more.

Over 50 current and former players are expected to attend including Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto (Friday only), and Bronson Arroyo along with Reds alumni such as Tom Browning, Eric Davis and Dave Parker and 2011 Minor League Player of the Year Billy Hamilton. The updated list of confirmed attendees are available at reds.com/redsfest.

The main floor of the convention center includes a new “Reds Connect Zone” with expanded space for fans to see Reds on Radio network affiliates and bloggers Jamie Ramsey (“Better Off Red”) and Dallas Latos (“So I Married a Baseball Player”).

Redsfest Autograph Opportunities for 2012: There are 3 types of autograph sessions: General Public, Season Ticket Holders Only and Kids Only. Over 100 player autograph sessions and player photograph sessions are free of charge with a Redsfest general admission ticket. Specific times for player appearances will be announced 30 minutes prior to the autograph and photo sessions on the info screens on the Redsfest floor and on the Reds official Twitter account @Reds.

Fans can go online now to reds.com/redsfest to register to win an autograph opportunity with players at one of four autograph sessions on Friday, Dec. 7 or four sessions on Saturday, Dec. 8 through an online sweepstakes.

Fans can also guarantee a spot in these sessions by placing a bid on an “Elite Pass” for either day at reds.com/redsfest. The auctions start Friday, Nov. 16 and run through Friday, Nov. 30.

The Redsfest Main Stage features popular activities such as kids-only press conferences involving current players, Reds alumni “bull session” and the Reds Hot Stove Report with General Manager Walt Jocketty and Manager Dusty Baker. All current and former players in attendance will be introduced live on the Main Stage on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum will have an expanded presence at Redsfest, including a display featuring the ‘75, ‘76 and ‘90 World Series trophies, Reds artifacts, Reds trivia and more. Redsfest is a great opportunity to purchase a 2013 Reds HOF & Museum membership.

The annual Reds Community Fund Celebrity Poker Tournament takes place on Saturday, Dec. 8. Registration and side games begin at 3 p.m. with the tournament starting at 4 p.m. Sign-up today at reds.com/poker or call (513) 765-7240.

The 2013 Reds Heads Kids Club membership will be for sale at Redsfest. The $25 Reds Heads merchandise kit makes a great holiday gift for children ages 14 and younger, which includes vouchers for free Reds tickets and exclusive club gear. A special Reds Heads gift (Reds Spirit Hair) will be included in memberships purchased at Redsfest, while supplies last.

Proceeds from Redsfest benefit the baseball-themed outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.

For the most updated information and additional details about Redsfest, please visit reds.com/redsfest.

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