The Cincinnati Reds announced Sunday that Redsfest won't take place in 2021 as previously announced, but will return instead in 2022 when "players can fully engage with the fans."
Redsfest was canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The foundation of Redsfest is providing close, direct contact with Reds players and due to managing the ongoing COVID-related safety protocols, the Reds are opting to return Redsfest in 2022 when the players can fully engage with the fans.
“It’s important that Redsfest retains its player-access and free-flowing, immersive feel that our fans expect, and our sponsors generously support,” said Phil Castellini, Reds president and chief operating officer. “We needed to make this difficult decision now, out of respect for our fans and vendors so they could make alternative plans for early December.”
Historically, Redsfest draws as many as 20,000 fans, 400 volunteers, and includes approximately 80 current and former Reds players, coaches, minor leaguers and broadcasters. Fan experiences typically include autographs, posing for photographs, and entertainment from a main stage, with a playing field for kids, a Bingo tournament, and Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament.
“We greatly appreciate the loyalty of our Reds fans, partners and all who have helped establish Redsfest as the best fan fest in all of baseball. We cannot wait for it to come back bigger and better than ever in 2022.”