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Fans battle freezing temps for Opening Day tickets

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati Reds Opening Day ticket specials had Reds fans camped out, in the cold, for more than 24 hours before the sale officially began.

Ticket sales started at 9 a.m. and go until all tickets are sold out. They have 400 view-level and 800 standing room only tickets.

Vice President of Reds Ticketing, Aaron Eisel, expected all tickets to be sold out quickly, because last year they were all gone in less than one hour.

“It's a great opportunity for fan to come down and experience Opening Day,” said Eisel.

There is no Opening Day like here in Cincinnati. The traditions built over generations are what makes this a one-of-a-kind event according to fans who camped out.

“This is my fifth year in a row doing this,” said Shonna Johnson. “My husband has been doing this for 15 years.”

“We do this for our family,” said Dawn Duncan. “I mean it's a tradition that my grandfather did with us.”

This year, fans battled mother nature. Below freezing temperature that even brought some flurries had fans thinking of very creative ways to stay warm.

“Cardboard box and hiding between the walls,” was Duncan's strategy.

Campers went through all of this just for a chance to get their hands on Opening Days tickets, and to root for their beloved Cincinnati Reds.

“Just like the Bengals, I believe in them,” said Duncan. “We're Cincinnati for everything.”

Johnson added, “I always hope for the best. I hope that they win, I hope they win everything. I always do. I'll always be a Reds fan.”

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