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    Opening Day Tips

    Hey all,

    I thought the time was right to take my 8 year old to his first Opening Day. I figure any kid who is a Reds fan needs to skip school at least once to make the trip.

    We are coming down from Columbus, and need some info on the parking situation. Normally, we exit at Third and park along the river in a lot at the corner of Third and Pete Rose Way, I believe (about a 10 minute walk). But, with it being Opening Day, not sure if that will be an option. We plan on arriving around 10 or 10:30.

    Any advice on where to park would be appreciated. We were thinking about seeing the parade, is that worth it?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Opening Day Tips

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsRock View Post
    Hey all,

    I thought the time was right to take my 8 year old to his first Opening Day. I figure any kid who is a Reds fan needs to skip school at least once to make the trip.

    We are coming down from Columbus, and need some info on the parking situation. Normally, we exit at Third and park along the river in a lot at the corner of Third and Pete Rose Way, I believe (about a 10 minute walk). But, with it being Opening Day, not sure if that will be an option. We plan on arriving around 10 or 10:30.

    Any advice on where to park would be appreciated. We were thinking about seeing the parade, is that worth it?

    Thanks!
    The parade is definitely worth it, especially for an 8 year old. Might as well take in the whole experience. We generally watch from somewhere just east of Fountain Square. It's the end of the route so it takes longer to start, but you're closer to the stadium when it's over.

    As for parking, by that time of the morning I'd take the first thing you can get, but I'm not very patient. Parking under the fountain or under the Westin is probably the best combination of cheap/close, but by that time of the morning streets are starting to close.
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    What do you want to spend for parking? If I dont have a pass I will usually park by sawyer point. Its cheaper and it isn't too far of a walk. Last year was a mess with the president but this year should be ok security wise. If you arrive that early you shouldn't have a problem with anything.

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    On the same subject are there any watering holes within walking distance on the Cincinnati side of the stadium anymore?? Also are kids allowed inside?
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    Don't park downtown unless you get there the night before or early that morning. I can't stress this enough. Parking spaces will be few and far between and you'll have to pay an arm and a leg for it.
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    I would suggest parking at Newport On The Levee and take the shuttle over. They run every few minutes and saves you the hassle of looking for a downtown parking spot and paying out the nose for one.

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    Re: Opening Day Tips

    Quote Originally Posted by George Anderson View Post
    On the same subject are there any watering holes within walking distance on the Cincinnati side of the stadium anymore?? Also are kids allowed inside?
    If you park in newport, which is about a 10-15 minute walk you can go to the Hofbrau house which I know they allow kids. Gameday Cafe is nice and only a 5 minute walk from the stadium but I dont know if they allow kids. You can also check out rock bottom brewery but that is in fountain square and it may be crowded especially with the parade.

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    I never have a problem finding parking on Opening Day. If I can't find it on a side street (east), then I park under FSquare or the Weston, even though it costs more of course (it's only $1 after 6 pm and weekends).
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    My father and I were going to head down early (ie. 8:00ish) and park under Fountain Square. Then we'd go get a big breakfast, catch the parade, bumb around and then eventually see an opening day baseball game.

    8:00ish early enough to get a spot under fountain square?
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    Re: Opening Day Tips

    Quote Originally Posted by Ltlabner View Post
    My father and I were going to head down early (ie. 8:00ish) and park under Fountain Square. Then we'd go get a big breakfast, catch the parade, bumb around and then eventually see an opening day baseball game.

    8:00ish early enough to get a spot under fountain square?
    It should be, but be prepared to wait. Most of the river front lots that the downtown workforce park in are closed, so they'll all be headed for the fountain as well. When we go down that early, we generally park at Sawyer Point. It's a bit of a walk to the parade, but it's usually pretty cheap and is an easy exit after the game.
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    Re: Opening Day Tips

    Quote Originally Posted by TeamBoone View Post
    I never have a problem finding parking on Opening Day. If I can't find it on a side street (east), then I park under FSquare or the Weston, even though it costs more of course (it's only $1 after 6 pm and weekends).
    I almost always park at the Federated Building between Sixth & Seventh St (on Vine). Cheapest parking in the city. Another Federated Garage is over by the Cathedral, just a couple blocks north of the Convention Center. Both are very affordable.

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    Re: Opening Day Tips

    What is the cost to park at Newport on the Levee

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    Re: Opening Day Tips

    Quote Originally Posted by BEETTLEBUG View Post
    What is the cost to park at Newport on the Levee
    IIRC it's anywhere between $3-$5.
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    Re: Opening Day Tips

    Thanks KittyDuran. How far is it from Newport on the Levee and Hooters? Maybe park there and ride Ferry across to game.

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    It's only about a ten minute walk, but it's safer and easier to walk along the river. Just go down the steps to the bottom of the floodwall.
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