CINCINNATI (FOX19) – Fans who are traveling to see the Cincinnati Reds in their first post-season appearance in 15 years will enjoy exploring the region and its baseball-rich heritage with a weekend of baseball-themed activities and city that has 'painted the town red.'
The Reds will host their first playoff home game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, Oct. 10.
"With our history as the first professional baseball team in the country, Cincinnati USA has always been known as a professional baseball town," said Linda Antus, president of the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network.
Fans will also have the opportunity to attend one of several watch parties and receive special drink and food deals at downtown restaurants.
Downtown businesses also received signs to hang up in their windows. Three thousand signs have been printed and are hanging up across downtown. The PNC building is lit up red in honor of the Reds and the mannequins standing in store windows are dressed in red.
This is also a great time fo fans to participate in baseball-themed activities around town. Walk back into Reds history at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, adjacent to Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati. The Hall of Fame is featuring an exhibit of the "Wire to Wire" 1990 Reds, who led from the first to last day of the season in winning the world championship. Youngsters will find a number of interactive displays while veteran Reds fans will enjoy memorabilia from their personal baseball heroes including the Big Red Machine, whom they watched growing up.
If you're adventurous, head to the west side of Cincinnati and find the location of Crosley Field, the home of the Reds for most of the 20th century. At the intersection of Findlay and Western streets, Crosley Field (and before that Redland Field, Palace of the Fans and League Park) was the home field of the Reds from 1884 until the middle of the 1970 season, when the team moved to Riverfront Stadium.
Then head to Eden Park just east of downtown Cincinnati and visit the Cincinnati Art Museum to see the original Andy Warhol portrait of the 'Hit King,' Pete Rose, commissioned to mark his 4,192 hit record. Also available at the Art Museum is the print, Redsland Forever, by Cincinnati artist C.F. Payne. Redsland Forever features 14 illustrated caricatures of Cincinnati Reds legends spanning 140 years of Reds baseball, including Eric Davis, Chris Sabo, Joe Nuxhall and members of the Big Red Machine.
For those fans visiting Cincinnati, hotel packages are available beginning at $69.99 per night, at www.CincinnatiUSA.com/Combo_Deals. Combo Deal packages offer tickets at discounted rates to local attractions, including the Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Zoo, among others (they do not include Reds post-season play tickets).