CINCINNATI — For the first time since 2019, a limited number of fans were allowed back inside Great American Ball Park to watch a Cincinnati Reds game Thursday.
Capacity was limited to 30%, or roughly 12,000 people, and fans were spaced apart in seating pods, so Thursday’s home game looked different than Opening Days past.
Fans said it undoubtedly felt strange, with universal masking and social distancing rules, but at the heart of it all was a baseball tradition and celebration they didn’t get last year.
“It’s nice,” said fan Bill Settle. “But it would be nice if the stadium could be full too, and everyone could be here.”
With the organ playing “Charge,” fresh-cut grass and plenty of concessions, the sights, sounds and smells of Opening Day still delighted