Redsfest 2016 attendance totaled 18,564 fans on December 2 and 3 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.
"The turnout by our fans for Redsfest was incredible," said Phil Castellini, Reds Chief Operating Officer. "It is rewarding to see our current and former players, coaches and broadcasters interacting with our fans. Their presence at Redsfest energized our entire organization as we look forward to the start of the 2017 season."
Highlights from FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest presented by PNC Bank included:
• Appearances from over 75 current and former players, coaches, minor leaguers and broadcasters included Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Zack Cozart, Billy Hamilton, Adam Duvall and manager Bryan Price as well as Lou Piniella, Eric Davis, Dave Parker and many more.
• Fans of all ages participated in over 100 free player autograph and photograph sessions.
• Reds Hall of Famer Pete Rose was present both days in support of the "Pete Rose Hit Collection," a fundraising campaign for the bronze sculpture of Pete that will be unveiled outside Great American Ball Park on June 17, 2017. Fans who purchased one of the Pete Rose Hit Collection balls got to have their photo taken with the Hit King.
• The inaugural Redsfest Bingo presented by Scene75 featured over 200 fans on Friday night competing for autographed memorabilia, Reds tickets and cash prizes of $1,000.
• WKRC-TV Local12 reporter Adam Clements teamed with Reds minor leaguer Shed Long to win the Celebrity Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby.
• Buck Rogers of Amelia, Ohio outlasted over 600 poker players to win first place and the $11,000 top prize in the 2016 Prestige Audio Visual & Creative Services Rick Steiner Celebrity Poker Tournament presented by Ashlee Fence. The event was renamed this year to memorialize the late Rick Steiner.
Photo galleries and video highlights from Redsfest can be found at reds.com/Redsfest.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the youth baseball and softball outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund, which impacts more than 45,000 kids and coaches each year
Redsfest 2017 is scheduled for December 1 and 2 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.
Next up for the Reds will be the annual Reds Caravan, scheduled for January 26-29, 2017. The schedule and full details of the 2017 Caravan will be released on January 10.