Selig to throw out first pitch at Brewers opener

Parking lots open at 10 a.m., gates at 10:40 a.m.

Selig to throw out first pitch at Brewers opener

MESA, Ariz. -- Commissioner Emeritus Allan H. "Bud" Selig will throw the ceremonial first pitch before the Brewers' season opener against the Rockies on Monday at Miller Park, the team announced while unveiling details about the 47th Opening Day in franchise history.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Selig brought the Brewers to Milwaukee in 1970, and his family owned the team until January 2005, when it was formally transferred to current owner Mark Attanasio. A statue of Selig stands outside Miller Park, and the Brewers retired the No. 1 last year in his honor. On May 29, the team will open a new attraction at Miller Park called the "Selig Experience," which tells the story of his tenure as owner.

Selig was the ninth Commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1992 through January 25, when he retired and Rob Manfred took over the top job. In December, Manfred announced that Selig would remain involved in an advisory role as Commissioner Emeritus.

Other Opening Day notes:

• Parking lots will open at 10 a.m. CT and the gates to Miller Park will open at 10:40 a.m. There will not be overflow parking at Wisconsin State Fair Park this year.

• In coordination with new procedures established by Major League Baseball, all fans will be screened by metal detectors upon entering Miller Park. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to the gates to ensure they don't miss the first pitch.

• Fans can purchase parking passes in advance for all home dates at Miller Park, though only a limited number of passes remain for Opening Day.

One detail remains a secret: the Brewers' plan for the Opening Day national anthem. For the past 10 home openers, that honor fell to Attanasio's father, Joe, an entrepreneur and actor who passed away in January at 89.

Kyle Lohse will start for the Brewers against Kyle Kendrick and the Rockies on Monday at 1:10 p.m.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.