4/2/2013 9:33 A.M. ET
Modell’s Sporting Goods Opening Day: Phillies vs. Kansas City Royals
Friday, April 5, 2013
By / MLB.com
Broadcast: Comcast SportsNet, Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, SportsRadio 94WIP and WTTM 1680 AM (Spanish).
Traffic: Motorists are reminded they can log on to www.511pa.com, www.511nj.org or call 511 from any phone before or after the game to check traffic conditions on major highways surrounding the Sports Complex. A vast option of transit services is also available; for a SEPTA schedule please visit www.septa.org.
Tickets: Standing Room Only tickets will go on sale at noon at the First Base Ticket Windows.
Social Media: Opening Day ceremonies will stream live on www.phillies.com. Fans can follow the action before and during the game on www.facebook.com/phillies and via Twitter: @phillies, also featuring in-game “tweet your ticket” and other special opportunities – just for phollowers!
7:00 a.m. Majestic Clubhouse Store opens. Hot off the press: Issue 1 of the 2013 Phillies Magazine featuring new Phillies Infielder Michael Young. Also: Check out What’s New at Citizens Bank Park this season!
1:00 p.m. Citizens Bank Way Opening Day Party begins with entertainment, food and drinks. Free to all fans.
1:35 p.m. All gates open. All fans will receive a custom-designed Opening Day Rally Towel, chosen through an online vote by fans for fans, compliments of Modell’s Sporting Goods.
1:55 p.m. Phillies batting practice.
2:30 p.m. Royals batting practice.
3:15 p.m. Line up on 10th Street! Fans who have not yet entered the ballpark gates are invited to line up on 10th Street and cheer on the 2013 Phillies as they make their “Leadoff Walk” into the ballpark – escorted by the Cardinal O’Hara High School Marching Band.
3:28 p.m. Fans inside the ballpark are urged to be in their seats for a must-see pregame ceremony! The 2013 Phillies will make their grand entrance into Citizens Bank Park from a 10th Street Leadoff Walk. Providing the music as the players walk the red carpet will be the Fralinger String Band.
3:32 p.m. “Philadelphia Pride” and “America the Beautiful” will be sung by the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Men’s Chorale, as members of the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard unfurl a large American flag. State flags will be carried onto the field by Philadelphia Police and Fire Department personnel.
3:39 p.m. Introductions … Royals
3:43 p.m. Introductions … Phillies
3:49 p.m. National Anthem: Will be sung by Ta’Rea Campbell, a Philadelphian from West Oak Lane, who is starring in Sister Act at the Academy of Music.
3:53 p.m. Frog-Ex Parachute Team, whose members are Former Leap Frogs, will parachute onto the field delivering the first balls.
4:00 p.m. Ceremonial First Pitches: Hall of Famer, 1980 World Champion and NL MVP Mike Schmidt and Hall of Famer, former Royals third baseman and 1980 AL MVP George Brett will throw out ceremonial first balls.
Joe Piscopo, Saturday Night Live alumni and comic legend, representing Modell’s Sporting Goods, will also throw a first ball.
4:05 p.m. Play Ball!
5th Inning A must-see…the Phanatic turns into the “King of Rock and Roll”.
7th Inning “God Bless America” performed by Darlene Campbell-Silbering, local Philadelphia vocalist.
*All of the above events are subject to change, weather and wind permitting.
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