Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and first pitch is at 1:35 p.m.

Parking is available for $8 at the Government Center Garage and White River State Park. Click here for additional information about accessible parking options.

Gates open early to watch on-field batting practice (weather permitting). The Pirates will hit until approximately 11:45 a.m. and the Reds immediately after and will end at approximately 12:45 p.m.

To enter Victory Field as quickly as possible, we urge fans to pick up their tickets before game day. Click here to log in to your Indians account and print your tickets, or visit the ballpark Box Office between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The first 12,500 fans through the  ballpark gates will receive a commemorative Pirates vs. Reds at Victory Field mini bat.

November 17, 2015 – The Indianapolis Indians today announced that on Saturday, April 2, 2016 Victory Field will host a Major League Baseball exhibition game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds. First pitch will be at 1:35 p.m. Ticket prices are $32 for Box, $24 for Reserved and $20 in the Lawn and are on sale now through the Indians website

“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.”

“The Pirates are thrilled to play in front of the outstanding fans of the Indianapolis Indians in Victory Field, one of the very best ballparks in Minor League Baseball,” said Frank Coonelly, Pittsburgh Pirates president. “The Indians are a first-class organization with an outstanding ownership group and front office staff and great fans who consistently fill Victory Field for Indians games. Being able to play our Division rival Cincinnati Reds in Indianapolis is the perfect way to celebrate the extension of our long-standing affiliation with the Indians organization, its fans and the entire Indianapolis community.

“We’re looking forward to returning to Victory Field this spring,” said Reds President of Baseball Operations Walt Jocketty. “Our relationship with the team in Indianapolis as an affiliate dates back 75 years. Our fan base remains strong in that part of the state.”

Last season Pittsburgh had the second-best record in the majors at 98-64 and qualified for the postseason for the third straight year, while Cincinnati finished 64-98.

The Tribe has been the Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate since 2005 and on October 27 the organizations announced a four-year player development contract extension through the 2020 season. Pittsburgh will be the home team for the Apr. 2 game.

A sampling of current Pirates that played in Indianapolis include outfielder and 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). Even Pittsburgh Manager Clint Hurdle played for the Tribe (1982).

Fans should contact the Victory Field Box Office at or (317) 269-3545 for group ticket and suite rental information. Off-season box office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Indianapolis Indians’ affiliations with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds through the years:

  • Pittsburgh – 1949-51, and 2005-Present
  • Cincinnati – 1939-41, 1961, 1968-83, and 1993-99

Less than 24 hours after the original announcement, the game was announced as a sellout. It marked the quickest an event at Victory Field had sold out since the ballpark opened in 1996.

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