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Reds to host National Champion Buckeyes on Opening Night

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Cincinnati Reds will host members of the 2014-15 National Champion Ohio State Buckeye football team on Opening Night.

Head coach, Urban meyer, and members of the team will offer simultaneous first pitches before the April 8 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Opening Night – Wednesday, April 8 - Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:10 pm (gates open at 5:10 pm)

• Reds in the Fan Zone: Reds players and coaches will walk the red carpet in the Kroger Fan Zone and meet and greet with fans and starting at 5:30 p.m.

• Special Guests – The Ohio State Buckeyes: Over 80 players, coaches and support staff of the 2014 National Champion Ohio State Buckeye football team will participate in many events at the ballpark on Opening Night including:

  • Accepting the first of its kind “Reds Country Athletic Achievement Award” during pregame ceremonies
  • Players, coaches and administrators will hold a giant American flag during the National Anthem
  • Head Coach Urban Meyer and members of the team will offer up simultaneous ceremonial first pitches
  • The team will walk the “Reds Carpet” in the Kroger Fan Zone during the first inning (Players will not be permitted to give autographs while walking the red carpet)
  • The 2014 National Championship trophy will be on display in the Kroger Fan Zone throughout the game and Brutus Buckeye will participate in activities around the ballpark
  • The Reds will donate $1 of every regular adult ticket purchased between April 1 and April 7 to the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research

• 2015 Reds Calendar: The first 20,000 fans will receive a 2015 Reds Team Calendar, presented by Kroger.

• National Anthem: St. Xavier High School junior Ihsan Walker will sing the National Anthem.

• Awards ceremonies: The following awards will be presented on the field during pregame ceremonies:

  • Johnny Cueto will receive the 2014 Wilson Defensive Player of The Year Award. He will also receive MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Award for Bounceback Player of the Year
  • Members of the 2014 Reds will accept the 2014 Wilson Defensive Team of the Year Award

• Game Ball delivery: Miss Ohio USA 2015 Sara Newkirk and Miss Ohio Teen USA 2015 Shelby Stapleton will deliver the official game ball. They will also walk the red carpet in the Kroger Fan Zone before the game.

• Live Music: 80's cover band The Rusty Griswolds will perform from a stage on the right field porch during inning breaks and after the game. The band will also serve as the Honorary Captains of the game.

• Post-game Fireworks: The Rusty Griswolds will play live during the post-game fireworks show featuring Rozzi's Famous Fireworks.

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