UPDATE: Less than 24 hours after announcing an exhibition game will be played April 2, 2016 at Victory Field between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds, the Indianapolis Indians have announced the game is sold out. This marks the quickest an event has sold out since the ballpark opened in 1996.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 17, 2015) – Major League Baseball is coming to Indianapolis.
On April 2, Victory Field will host an MLB exhibition game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds, the Indianapolis Indians announced Tuesday.
First pitch will be at 1:35 p.m. Ticket prices range between $20 and $32 and are available at IndyIndians.com.
“This game will be among the premier professional baseball attractions ever held in Central Indiana,” said Indians Vice President of Baseball and Administrative Affairs Cal Burleson. “What an exciting way to begin our 20th season of professional baseball at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis.”
Officials from the Reds and Pirates said they’re excited to play at Victory Field. The Pirates made the playoffs last season after compiling a 98-64 record. The Reds struggled during the 2015 campaign, finishing last in the National League Central with a 64-98 record.
The Indians have been the Triple-A affiliate for the Pirates since 2005. In October, the Indians and Pirates announced a four-year player development contract extension through the 2020 season. In the past, the Indians have also been affiliated with the Reds.
Several current Pirates players have starred with the Indians, including 2013 National League Most Valuable Player Andrew McCutchen, 2015 Gold Glove and Wilson Defensive Player of the Year winner Starling Marte (OF), Pedro Alvarez (IF), Gerrit Cole (P), Josh Harrison (IF), Jared Hughes (P), Jeff Locke (P), Jordy Mercer (IF), Gregory Polanco (OF), and Neil Walker (IF).