Tigers Press Release
2012 Opening Day Festivities
AL Central Title Flag to be Raised; Hall of Famer Al Kaline to Throw First Pitch as Opening Day Festivities feature American Idol Finalist Haley Reinhart, A Fly Over and a Salute to the United States Armed Services
DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers begin their 13th season at Comerica Park and their 112th year in Detroit this Thursday at 1:05 p.m. as the Tigers host the Boston Red Sox. Gates open at 10:30 a.m.
OPENING DAY PRE-GAME LINE-UP WILL FEATURE:
· 2011 American League Central Division Champions Flag Raising
· On-field introduction of the Red Sox and Tigers
· The national anthem performed by American Idol finalist, Haley Reinhart
· A military flyover showcasing 107th Fighter Squadron "Red Devils" flying the A-10C Warthog from Selfridge Air National Guard Base, MI
· Staff Sergeant Matthew Marentette of the United States Air Force will deliver the game ball prior to the start of the game
· Hall of Famer Al Kaline, celebrating the beginning of his sixth decade with the Tigers, will throw the first pitch
HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS: The six-game Tigers homestand features the Boston Red Sox (April 5-8) and the Tampa Bay Rays (April 10-12). First pitch for Saturday, April 7 is 4:05 p.m. First pitch for the remaining four games of the homestand is 1:05 p.m. The Opening Day giveaway will be a Justin Verlander 2nd no-hitter DVD for the first 20,000 fans courtesy of FOX Sports Detroit. On Saturday, April 7 the first 10,000 fans will receive a 2012 Magnet Schedule courtesy of Comerica Bank. Sunday, April 8 is Kids Opening Day with all kids 14-and-younger receiving an "Every Kid, Every Sunday" Building Block Calendar, compliments of Little Caesars.
SUPER SPRING TICKET DEAL: For games versus Tampa Bay (April 10-12), Mezzanine seats are just $10 (regularly priced $16) and Upper Box Infield seats are only $12 (regularly priced $24).
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW: Tickets for Opening Week are available at the Comerica Park Box Office, online at tigers.com and by phone at (866) 66-TIGER (84437). For complete ticket information including single game, season, group and suites visit tigers.com/tickets or call 313-471-BALL (2255).
OPENING DAY - PREGAME TIMETABLE
10:30:00 AM Gates open to Comerica Park
10:35 – 11: 25 Detroit Tigers Batting Practice
11:25 – 12:10 Boston Red Sox Batting Practice
12:20:00 Grounds Crew
12:35:00 2011 AL Central Central Champions Flag Raising
12:43:00 Introduction of the Boston Red Sox
12:48:00 Introduction of the Detroit Tigers
12:54:00 Military Recognition and Honor Guard Introduction
12:56:00 National Anthem – 2011 American Idol finalist, Haley Reinhart
12:57:45 Military Flyover – 107th Fighter Squadron "Red Devils" flying the A-10C Warthog from Selfridge Air National Guard Base, MI
12:59:30 Ceremonial First Pitch
Celebrating the beginning of his 6th decade as part of the Detroit Tigers organization, Mr. Al Kaline
1:03:00 Umpire Introductions
1:04:00 Game Ball Delivery
Staff Sergeant Matthew Marentette of the United States Air Force
1:05:00 Crowd Energy Video showcasing the new 6,000 square foot High Definition
Video Board on the left field scoreboard.
1:07:00 Tigers Take the Field
1:09:00 Game Begins
*God Bless America will be performed by Thornetta Davis during the seventh inning stretch