CINCINNATI -- There aren't many offseason weekends where the Reds watch closely for weather forecasts and care about snowfall. But this weekend is one of them.
That's because the annual Redsfest will be back at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati on Friday and Saturday. And the good news is that no snow is predicted by forecasters. Last year, a winter storm on the first day of the fan fest put a damper on its attendance before a larger crowd poured in on Day 2.
"The track record, with the exception of last year due to weather, tells us that we get about 45 percent of the attendance ... on Friday and about 55 percent on Saturday," said Karen Forgus, the Reds' senior vice president of business operations. "Given that Saturday's hours are longer, it's a pretty good split."
Redsfest hours are Friday from 3-10:30 p.m. ET and from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at reds.com/redsfest, by calling (513) 381- REDS, at Great American Ball Park's box office and at select Kroger stores with a Ticketmaster retail outlet.
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 3 and under are admitted for free.
The finishing touches to turning the Duke Energy Center into a Reds fans' paradise are ongoing this week and will continue right up until the doors open.
"We actually started loading in the Monday before Thanksgiving," Forgus said. "We have been loading in for a long time. It really does take that long to get ours to the level we want. The Major League Baseball people that do [All-Star] Fanfest will be in town to especially see our Redsfest, because they've heard of the incredible things that we do."
The MLB FanFest will be a large part of the 2015 All-Star Game events in Cincinnati, and the setup will likely be quite similar to Redsfest.
For each two-day Redsfest admission purchased, fans will receive two free tickets to the Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals game on Sunday, April 12. Fans purchasing a one-day Redsfest admission will receive one free ticket to the April 12 game.
"It's a good game, and that's a really good value," Forgus said.
Another added bonus this year: The first 11,000 fans through the Redsfest doors each day will receive a free 2015 MLB All-Star Game ornament.
All proceeds from Redsfest benefit the Reds Community Fund.