Because I know you’re all sick of the 2010 season, and you’re already looking forward to 2011, here’s the press release from the Reds regarding next year’s schedule, which was released yesterday.

CINCINNATI (Sept. 14, 2010) – The Cincinnati Reds’ tentative 2011 schedule has been released by Major League Baseball.

The 2011 campaign will begin with Opening Day on Thursday, March 31 against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park. The Reds will wrap up their series with the Brewers on Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3, followed by 3 games against the Houston Astros to finish up the season’s first homestand.

Major League Baseball adopted the recommendation of The Commissioner’s Special Committee for On-Field Matters to begin the regular season earlier and mid-week to avoid playing World Series games in November.

Other featured matchups at Great American Ball Park in 2011 include a pair of weekend series against the National League Central Division rival St. Louis Cardinals (May 13-15, July 15-17), plus weekend battles with the Atlanta Braves (July 22-24) and San Francisco Giants (July 29-Aug. 1).

Highlighting the Reds’ interleague schedule is a home series against the New York Yankees from June 20-22, New York’s first trip to Cincinnati since 2003.

Additional Interleague action at Great American Ball Park will include the Ohio Cup Series presented by the Ohio Lottery against the Cleveland Indians (July 1-3) and a 3-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays (June 17-19).

The full schedule can be found on online at reds.com.

You can reserve your seats now for these great games and another exciting season of Reds baseball by placing a deposit on 2011 season tickets today.

By becoming a Reds Season Ticket Holder, you can guarantee huge savings over individual ticket prices and receive plenty of exclusive benefits, including postseason ticket options for next season.

The most interesting item, of course, is the fact that the Reds will be opening on Thursday next year. Not a big fan of that. A Friday Opening Day would have been great.

7 Responses

  1. Bill Lack

    Said on the TV broadcast last night they didn’t do that b/c the Findlay Market folks couldn’t have done the parade on a Friday and it gives them a rainout date for Friday.

  2. Chris Wilson

    They also talked about how they hope having opening day so close to the weekend that the momentum of the opening day crowd will carry over into opening night on Saturday.

    Because when you look back, that Monday opening day has always been sold out, but game 2 on Wednesday is lucky to draw 20,000.

    It would nice to see a sell-out on opening day followed by a few 30,000+ size crowds on opening weekend next season as we hang our world series banner!

  3. DenL42

    I love this change. Monday is my second-busiest work day, and I feel like I never have time to pay attention to the game while I’m working. I’ve got NOTHING to do most Thursdays! In fact, I might even be able to go to the game for once. No one would care if I skipped work on a Thursday.

    I’m pretty happy about finally going to Camden Yards.

  4. David

    The Brewers’ have a brutal 15 game stretch to end June… Red Sox, Rays, Twins, Yankees, Twins. Ouch….

  5. bho52

    @DenL42: From a work/out-of-towner perspective, Thursday is great. I may be able to take off Thursday and Friday off and catch the series.

    Traditionally, and for the Findlay market folks, Monday is clearly better, but tradition went out the window years ago when they gave the first game to other teams/Japan/ESPN favorites

    Like the timing on the Braves and Giants series, assuming both teams are good next year. The end of July series with the Braves this year had one of the best regular season atmospheres I’ve seen at GABP

  6. Python Curtus

    There were several other things they could have done to keep the series from being played in November. They could eliminate the wild card play off format—-thus eliminating the embarrassment that is second-place champions—-and go back to 2 divisions in each league. They could reduce the two play-off rounds to just 5 games each with home team advantage being the 3 game set at the back end, rather than 2-2-1 set up with an extra travel day. And they could start the world series just a day or two after the last play-off team has won, rather than a whole week later, like they’re doing now.

    But Thursday is OK. Back in the ’70s and early 80’s, they used to start on Wednesdays

  7. Greg Dafler

    Non-opening day weekday games in April have almost always drawn less than 20,000. Weekend games draw over 25,000. The exception tends to be any weekday Cubs series.

    So, this move will boost game #2 and game #3 attendance compared to game #2/3 attendance from past years, but I don’t think the schedule alone does anything to change April attendance. You still have 7 non-opening day weekday games, and next year all of those are against poor drawing teams (Hou, Pit, Ari.) The past 5 years, the Reds typically have 5-6 non-OD, weekday games.

    While that April schedule may not be helpful to attendance, hopefully it will help the Reds get out to an early lead in the NL Central. Winning will help keep confidence up to keep attendance up over the course of the full season.

    And most of the remaining months will HELP the Reds attendance. Weekday games draw worse, but 6 of 7 June weekday games are against the Cubs and Yankees. (big draws)

    In July they only have one weekday home series (4-game against the NY Mets) and 4 weekend home series. Much better crowds on weekends.

    All 8 August weekday games are against teams that draw better than avearge crowds – the Rockies and Phillies.

    The worst attendance month is September, especially weekday games. 4 of 8 September weekday games is against the Cubs.