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Redsfest Dec. 4-5

Redsfest FAQ

What is Redsfest?

Redsfest is the official annual winter warm-up of the Cincinnati Reds. Traditionally held in early December at the Duke Energy Convention Center, this event features games and activities for kids of all ages, including interaction with past, current and future stars of the Cincinnati Reds.

What is the beneficiary of Redsfest?

Reds Community Fund - Since its inception in 2001, the Community Fund has been dedicated to improving the lives of youth through its baseball-themed outreach efforts.

  • Programs include the Reds Rookie Success League, a free, coed, character-building program for 6-12 year olds in Greater Cincinnati, Butler County, Warren County, Louisville and Dayton; Youth Baseball and Softball Funding, which underwrites expenses for over 300 inner-city teams throughout Reds Country; and Field Renovation, which has helped restore more than 325 baseball fields. Including the Youth Baseball Match and Greater Cincinnati RBI programs, more than 30,000 kids and coaches will be connected to the baseball-themed outreach efforts of the Reds Community Fund in 2016.
  • If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please visit or make checks payable to the Reds Community Fund and mail to: Reds Community Fund, Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
How much do Redsfest tickets cost?
  • Ticket Prices
    • Adults - $25 for 2-day pass; $17 for 1-day pass
    • Kids (ages 12 and younger) - $12 for 2-day pass; $7 for 1-day pass
  • All purchased Redsfest tickets include a free ticket to the Sunday, April 10th game vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates.
    • Each One-Day Pass includes 1 Game Ticket
    • Each Two-Day Pass includes 2 Game Tickets
What time do doors open for the Redsfest main floor and how do I know if they'll open early?
  • Friday doors open for the main floor at 3 PM
  • Saturday doors open for the main floor at 11 AM
  • *We plan to open doors to the main floor at these specified times, however if the crowd size outside the main floor doors dictates it soon, we will open sooner in accordance with Cincinnati Fire Code.
  • The doors for the Duke Energy Convention Center, at the corner of 5th Street and Elm Street, as well as the door that leads from the 6th Street parking garage will open at 9AM on Friday and 7AM on Saturday. Fans will need to have a valid Redsfest ticket in order to enter the convention center. If fans plan on purchasing a ticket to Redsfest at the convention center on the dates of the event, they will be able to do so in a separate line starting at those times. It is recommended that you purchase your tickets in advance of the event for the smoothest entry possible.
What are the hours of Redsfest?
  • Events and activities are planned on Friday from 3-10:30PM
  • Events and activities are planned on Saturday from 11AM - 6:30PM
Where can I purchase tickets for Redsfest?
  • Main Lobby at Great American Ball Park. Located inside the two glass doors to the left of the Main Ticket Windows on Crosley Terrace.
  • By phone 513-381-REDS
  • Online
  • Ticketmaster locations at particiliating Kroger stores
  • At the Duke Energy Convention Center starting at 9 AM on Friday, December 4th and 7 AM on Saturday, December 5th
At what age does a child require a ticket to enter?

Children ages 3 and younger do not need a Redsfest ticket as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult.

Where's the best place to park?

There are many lots and garages surrounding the Duke Energy Convention Center.

Can I bring in bags, backpacks and purses?

No luggage or rolling duffle bags larger than (16" x 16" x 8") will be permitted in the Duke Energy Convention Center in accordance with Major League Baseball bag size recommendations & facility policies. We apologize for any inconveniences with the policy; however, the bag/purse size limitations are required to ensure the safety & wellbeing of our fans & attendees of Redsfest.

Code of Conduct

The Duke Energy Convention Center and the Cincinnati Reds are committed to creating a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience at Redsfest. Our staff will act to support an environment where:

    Our staff will act to support an environment where:
  • Guests will enjoy the Redsfest experience free from foul or abusive language or obscene gestures.
  • Intervention with an unruly, impaired or intoxicated Guest will be handled in a prompt and safe manner.
  • Obscene or indecent clothing will not detract from the Guest experience.
  • Guests will refrain from displays of affection not appropriate in a public, family setting.
  • The Reds encourage all fans to act in a safe and orderly manner while attending Redsfest. We ask that no guests run across the event floor for any reason due to the potential cause of injury to themselves or other guests attending the event.
Concealed Handguns Policy
  • Pursuant State of Ohio R.C. 2923.126(B) the possession of firearms is prohibited in the facility with the following exceptions, (i) licensed peace officers, licensed honorably retired peace officers, licensed protection professionals (with prior approval) and (ii) exhibitors during duly licensed gun shows (with prior approval).
  • Please contact Ebony Gordon, DECC Security Manager to verify credentials at least 5 days prior - (513) 419-7322 or
Can I bring my drone to Redsfest?
  • The use of any remote controlled drone, UAV or UAS, is prohibited on or over any facility properties under the control of Spectra at any time. All inquiries regarding this policy and the use of drones in any of these areas should be directed to the Event Manager. Spectra is committed to providing a safe and secure entertainment and hospitality venue at all times. The safety of our guests, sub-contractors, and staff members is our highest priority. The rules & regulations derived in partnership with local, state and federal authorities are designed to support this commitment.
Inspection Procedures

Guests entering Redsfest may be subject to random inspection by electronic wanding or physical means. Carry-in items for all Guests are subject to inspection by Reds personnel prior to entrance into the Duke Energy Convention Center or at any time while inside DECC. Carry-in items larger than 16"x16"x8" will not be permitted into DECC.

Is there a coat check?

There is a coat check for $2 per item, located on the main floor.

Are animals allowed at Redsfest?

Duke Energy Convention Center welcomes Seeing Eye Dogs or other animal assistance utilized by the disabled or visually impaired. All other animals are prohibited.


Duke Energy Convention Center welcomes Guests that bring and utilize their own strollers. However, the use of strollers should not in any way inhibit Guest movement or block aisles. Strollers are not available to rent. Strollers may be subject to search by event staff.

Are wheelchairs available?

Wheelchairs are not available.

How many giveaways will be at the door each day?

The first 11,000 fans in attendance each day will receive a free Redsfest giveaway including a Redsfest Drawstring Bag and Reds Winter Beanie Hat.

Where can I find a map of Redsfest before I get to the event?

A map of Redsfest will be available on the website a few weeks before the event.

Does every player attend Redsfest?

All players are asked to attend Redsfest, though some have certain circumstances that prevent them from attending. There will be a list of players in attendance at

What different types of autograph sessions are there and do all players participate?

There are different types of autograph sessions - general public, season ticket members only, kids only (17 years old or younger) & an online sweepstakes opportunity. Each player does at least 1 session per day of Redsfest that they attend. There are 225 autographs per session. The "sweepstakes opportunity" sessions are awarded in advance of Redsfest through an online sweepstakes.

How is the schedule announced for all players doing autographs/photographs?

Autograph/photograph schedule will be announced 30 minutes prior to the start of each session. The schedule will be displayed on the TVs throughout Redsfest and also on the Reds official twitter account @Reds. Additionally, by texting REDSFEST to 66128, text alerts for autograph signings will be sent to you phone.

How does the autograph session work?

For each autograph session, the player will sign for 225 people. This will be a hard cutoff number and no more fans will be allowed an autograph after 225 people are in line.

How does the photograph session work?

The photograph sessions will be open for 50 minutes. As many fans that can get through the line at that time are allowed a photograph. Photograph booths #2 and #3 are both free and require you to bring your own camera. Photograph booth #4 is also free, but is reserved for Season Ticket Members only. For information on Photograph booth #1, please see next question.

Why do you charge for Photograph Booth #1 and the others are free?

Photograph booth #1 requires a $10 donation to the Reds Community Fund. At this booth we will take the photo for you and provide you with a print. Other photograph booths require you to have your own camera and no print out is provided.

How many items can I get autographed?

Each person is able to get 1 item signed per autograph line/session.

How does the Kids-Only autograph line work?

This line is for kids 17 and younger. One item per kid can get signed. Parents are able to stand with the kids, but not able to seek autographs themselves.

Can I reserve a spot in line for an autograph?

You cannot reserve a spot in line for an autograph. Once you leave the line for any reason, you are not able to come back to your same spot.

What are the policies for fans attending the event that require the use of a wheelchair?

Fans requiring the use of a wheelchair will be permitted to go to the front of the autograph line, as long as they are included in the first 225 number of fans in line according to the autograph policy. Once the autograph line is full, nobody else will be permitted an autograph. Autograph policies for all fans also apply to those in wheelchairs

How do I sign up to play poker?

Sign up here.

Once I'm inside can I exit and re-enter?

Reentry to the convention center is only permitted if you have both your ticket AND hand stamped prior to exit at one of the designated areas. Stamps are available at the information booth located on the main floor, near the Bag Redemption area at the corner of 5th and Elm Streets, and at the Bag Redemption area near the 6th Street parking garage walkway. This will allow you to regain access without having to purchase an additional ticket to the event. There are separate stamps for Friday and Saturday.

Can I purchase a booth at Redsfest for my company?

Email the Vice President of Corporate Sales, Bill Reinberger.

Is anyone allowed to play on the baseball fields inside Redsfest?

There will be set hours on both fields for Open Swing. Please check back for an updated field schedule.

Do I need to fill out a waiver for any activities?

All physical activities inside Redsfest require a waiver. Waivers can be located at the information booth in the center of Redsfest on the main floor. One waiver can be filled out for all activities.

Does everyone get a lanyard?

Season Ticket Members receive a lanyard along with those fans who have bought Redsfest 2-Day passes. Lanyards can be picked up at the Redsfest information booth on the main floor.

Is there food inside?

The Duke Energy Convention Center has concession stands open. There are also select food vendors special to Redsfest.

Can I join the Reds Heads kids club and/or the Reds Rookies club at Redsfest?

You may sign up to be a member of the 2016 Reds Heads Kids Club, Reds Rookies baby club, and/or Club Red teen club at the fan club booth located on the Main Floor of Redsfest as well as in the Fun Zone on the Third Floor of Redsfest. For more information on each club, visit the Fan Club Page.

Can I purchase Reds season tickets at Redsfest?

All Season Ticket Plans can be purchased at the Reds Ticket Booth located near the information booth on the main floor.

Can I buy single game tickets for 2016?

Single Game Tickets on sale at Redsfest will be announced closer to Redsfest.

How can I volunteer at Redsfest?

Volunteers are needed throughout the week for bag stuffing, Monday through Wednesday before Redsfest from 9am-6pm at the Duke Energy Convention Center. We are no longer accepting any volunteers as all positions have been filled. Please check for more information.

Can I purchase Reds merchandise at Redsfest?

Reds merchandise and game used merchandise will be available for purchase at Redsfest.

Can I win anything at Redsfest?

Various booths have contests for all giveaway items.

Are there ATMs inside Redsfest?

ATMs are located inside Redsfest on the main floor.

Are the activities at Redsfest free?

The majority of activities at Redsfest are free. Certain activities do require a donation to participate.

Lost Children/Missing Persons

Guests should report a missing person at the Information booth located in the center of the main floor at Redsfest. Guest Relations staff will work closely with the CPD and Event Staff to locate the missing individual(s).

Lost and Found

Guests may inquire about lost and found articles at the information booth location in the center of the main floor at Redsfest. To inquire about an item left after Redsfest is over please call 513-765-7096. All articles are held for thirty (30) days. After that period, they are donated to a charitable group.

Smoking and Tobacco Policy

In accordance with Chapter 3794 of the Ohio Revised Code, smoking and/or the distribution or sale of tobacco related products is strictly prohibited in the Facility.

Second Floor Access

There are several unique activities on the second floor of the convention center that are open to the public, including photo opportunities with the Reds mascots. However, there are also areas of the second floor that are only open to Season Ticket Members, special guests and winners of the online VIP sweepstakes held prior to the event. Event staff throughout the floor will help with any questions regarding access to these areas.

Third Floor Access

The third floor will again be the Reds Fun Zone for kids with a variety of kids' interactive including a batting cage, high speed pitch, arcade games, Santa photo opportunity, stage performances, and the best place to sign up your young Reds fan for the 2016 Reds Heads Kids Club, Reds Rookie Baby Club, and/or Club Red Teen Club.