What time do the Reds play on Opening Day?

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Strange as it may seem, the last time that Great American Ball Park was sold out on Opening Day was back in 2019. On March 28, 2019, David Bell made his managerial debut for the Cincinnati Reds and Derek Dietrich sent the fans home happy.

Of course, in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic postponed Reds Opening Day for several months and there were no fans in the stands that year. The lingering effects of the pandemic caused almost every Major League Baseball team to greatly reduce the stadium capacities across the country in 2021. The Reds opened that season with just 12,264 in attendance.

Then, because of the ongoing lockout last spring, MLB had to scramble in order to get the season started in April. With games delayed by a week, Cincinnati opened the 2022 season on the road for the first time since 1990.

What time do the Reds play on Opening Day?

Reds Country is hopeful for a change heading into the 2023 season. While the fanbase may not be as excited about the on-field product they expect to see in the Queen City this season, Opening Day in Cincinnati is still widely celebrated and everyone should expect a packed house at Great American Ball Park.

But when does the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates start? Well, I'm glad you asked. The Redlegs will battle the Buccos at 4:10 PM EDT on Thursday, March 30th.

David Bell will be entering his fifth season at the helm for the Reds, and while many experts and pundits throughout the sport expect Cincinnati to finish dead-last in the National League Central Division, you never quite can tell how the season is going to unfold. Not many folks picked the Cleveland Guardians to win the AL Central in 2022, did they?

So, if for some odd reason you're unable to either attend Reds Opening Day or watch it on television, be sure to set your DVR. Cincinnati will take the field at 4:10 PM in what will be the franchise's 154th season.

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