Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Get your tickets for Reds vs Bats, Blue Wahoos exhibition games

Baseball is creeping closer and closer to returning. Pitchers and catchers report on February 14th, while the first spring training contest is scheduled to take place on February 26th (which I might add is also a certain blogger's birthday) against the Cleveland Indians. Of course those games will take place in Arizona where the Reds conduct their spring training activities, so it will be tough for a lot of fans to take in any of the action. Opening Day is of course set for March 31st against the smelly birds, otherwise known as the St. Louis Cardinals.

But wait! Perhaps you can't get to Arizona and want to take in some exhibition baseball just before Opening Day so you can get a glimpse of the 2014 Cincinnati Reds before the season starts. Then I have two suggestions for you:

1) Be in Pensacola, Florida on February 8th, then book a vacation to Pensacola during the last week of March
2) Go to Louisville, Kentucky on March 29th

The Reds will travel to the homes of their Double-A and Triple-A affiliates, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and Louisville Bats respectively, just before Opening Day to showcase the team against minor league competition. On March 28th at 6:10pm ET, the Reds will show up at the gorgeous Pensacola Bayfront Stadium to face the Blue Wahoos of the Southern League. The following day, March 29th at 4:05pm ET, they will arrive at the famous Louisville Slugger Field to take on the Louisville Bats of the International League.

The Reds are coming and the Blue Wahoos are not taking the event lightly. Tickets for the event will go on sale February 8th at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. They are making a night of it and if you're in Pensacola, you should take your family. Here are the details:
4 p.m. - Gates open at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium.
5 p.m. - Tickets go on sale for the Reds vs. Wahoos exhibition game. Tickets are only available at the Hill-Kelly Dodge Pickup Window. No phone orders will be accepted. There is a four (4) ticket limit per transaction. Ticket prices start at $8 and remain consistent with regular season Blue Wahoos ticket pricing.
6 p.m. - In honor of Black History Month, those in attendance will enjoy the movie 42 on the video board. 42 is the life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.
8 p.m. - Following the movie, at approximately 8 p.m., a spectacular fireworks show will light up the sky.
Light refreshments will be available for purchase for the duration of the event.
As you can see, you can basically make a fun night out of it, whether you want to take the kids or bring a date for the traditional movie and concessions. Plus, you'll have tickets to see the Reds play the Blue Wahoos on March 28th, so it's pretty hard to beat. If you can't make it to the event on February 8th, you can hold out hope that tickets will still be available as any remaining tickets will go on sale at midnight and can be purchased at BlueWahoos.com.
If you know you can't make it to Pensacola, don't worry. You're already online since you're reading this, so click on this link and buy tickets to the game between the Reds and the Bats on March 29th. Hurry though as these tickets have been on sale since November 1st. Just for your information, the Reds will be in the first base dugout. If you're not in the mood to order online, there are other methods for purchasing tickets, as follows:
Online - To purchase tickets to the Reds vs. Bats Exhibition Game online please click the "Buy Tickets Now" button below. You will be redirected to our online ticket provider, Ticket Return. Once on the Ticket Return website please follow the prompts to purchase your tickets. All online ticket purchases are subject to a $1.75 per ticket fee.
By Phone - To purchase tickets by phone please call the Bats Ticket Office at (855) 228-8497. All phone purchases are subject to a $3 per order fee. Fans who choose to purchase by phone may have their tickets shipped or left at Will Call.

Advanced Ticket Window - You may purchase tickets in person by visiting the Advanced Ticket Window at Louisville Slugger Field anytime Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. The Advanced Ticket Window is located at the corner of Preston Street and Main Street. There are no additional fees when purchasing tickets at the Advanced Ticket Window.
Hold on. There's more. Every fan who has a ticket to the March 29th game will receive the Reds ball cap, picture below, for free upon entering Slugger Field.
Free Reds hat
Why wouldn't you go to one of these games if you're in the area? The Reds organization is the best at providing an incredible fan experience and that skill trickles down to the minor league clubs as well. So go and enjoy baseball. Go Reds.

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