Happy opening day (again), everyone! Regular season baseball is back in Philadelphia as today it gets underway for the 2016 season. For those that plan to be in attendance at Citizens Bank Park to see the Phillies take on the visiting San Diego Padres, here is the full list of festivities, so you don’t miss a thing.
8:00 am – Majestic Clubhouse Store opens.
12:00 pm – Free Citizens Bank Way Opening Day Party including a live performance by Go Go Gadjet, a ferris wheel, a giant Anheuser Busch Bud and Burgers trailer and prizes and sampling from Turkey Hill ice cream, J&J Snack Food, Rita’s Italian Water Ice, Chick-Fil-A, plus more
12:35 pm – All gates open. All fans receive a Phillies Opening Day Commemorative Cap, compliments of Nemours
12:43 pm – Phillies batting practice
1:13 pm – Padres batting practice
2:13 pm – 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 2016 Phillies as they make their “Leadoff Walk” into the ballpark – escorted by the Cardinal O’Hara High School Marching Band from Springfield, PA
2:22 pm – The 2016 Phillies make their grand entrance into Citizens Bank Park
2:34 pm – As representatives from the United State military unfurl a large American flag, the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Men’s Chorale will sing “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America.” State flags will be carried onto the field by Philadelphia Police and Fire Department personnel.
2:40 pm – Introductions of visitors
2:44 pm – Introductions of home team
2:50 pm – National Anthem: Performed by Kane Kalas, son of the late Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas
2:53 pm – The United States Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, will parachute onto the field delivering the first balls
3:00 pm – Ceremonial First Pitch- Officer Jesse Hartnett, a 33-year old Philadelphia Police Department officer, who was hailed a hero during President Obama’s State of the Union Address, after surviving a violent attack by an assailant while on duty
3:05 pm – Play Ball!
5th inning – The Phillie Phanatic’s first dance of the season.
7th inning – Broadway star Gaten Matarazzo is slated to sing “God Bless America.”