Opening Day seems like an annual rite of passage. The spring air, fresh peanuts being sold by vendors on the way to the ballpark, street musicians and the traffic headaches.
The city of Cincinnati is offering some advice for those 42,000 fans who are lucky enough to attend opening day and will make the pilgrimage downtown for the game.
The city suggests planning ahead and to follow these tips:
- Know where to go
- Get there early
- Call ahead
- Use public transportation, when possible
Motorists are encouraged to use the following routes into downtown Cincinnati:
- From I-75 South - use the Freeman Avenue exit to Mehring Way to the Riverfront
- From I-75 North - use the Fifth Street exit in Cincinnati, then right onto Central Avenue to the Riverfront
- From I-71 South - use the Gilbert Avenue exit to Eggleston Avenue to the Riverfront.
- From I-471 - Use the Third Street exit to the Riverfront.
The city also suggests that you call ahead to 511 to get current traffic information from Artimis and to get downtown early to keep traffic congestion at a minimum. A suggestion is to get downtown early enough to catch the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade.
The parade is set to kick off at approximately 10:30 a.m. and the parade means several street closures will be in effect.
- Race Street between Liberty Street and Fourth Street
- Fifth Street between Elm Street and Sentinel Street
The streets nearest to Findlay Market will close at approximately 7:30 a.m. and streets along the parade route downtown will close at 10:30 a.m. with the streets to reopen after the parade.
The Cincinnati Reds' game against the Chicago Cubs is scheduled to begin at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.