Cincinnati Reds Announce 2020 Season to Begin in Late July

Reds President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams said they're working with local and state officials to bring the fans to the stadium as soon as possible

Jun 24, 2020 at 1:08 pm
Great American Ball Park - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Great American Ball Park

That's right, y'all. Summer isn't dead. The Cincinnati Reds have announced plans to kick off the season in late July, with their first game of the season slated for July 23 or July 24. 

On June 23, the MLB announced in a press release that they anticipate the season to begin in roughly one month, with a 60-game regular season schedule submitted for review by the Players Association.

The Reds posted the much-anticipated news on Twitter, explaining that while guests won't be permitted at Great American Ball Park just yet, they are working with the city, county and state officials to bring fans to the stadium soon. 

"It just wouldn't be summer in Cincinnati without Reds baseball," said Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus in the press release. "While we may not be able to gather at the ballpark, we can still come together as a community and cheer on the Reds." 

The press release also outlined the Reds' plans for training, which will begin July 1. They are hoping to split groups between downtown's Great American Ball Park and Mason's Prasco Park, but according to the release, they are still finalizing plans.

"We are very excited about the possibility of training at Prasco," said Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams. "The facilities are first rate and have been home to many of our region's best young players. From the moment MLB gave teams the ability to decide where to conduct preseason training, we were committed to finding a facility in close proximity to our home stadium."

"It is time to bring America's past time back to Cincinnati," said Mayor John Cranley in the same release. "Cincinnati needs this to lift up our spirits. Let's bring the Reds back to where it all started."

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