Texas Rangers announce pre-game events for Opening Day

Arlington, Texas - The two-time American League defending champion Texas Rangers open the 2012 season on Friday against the Chicago White Sox at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in a 1:05 p.m. game. The game is a complete sellout.

With the club celebrating its 40th Anniversary in Texas in 2012, the first pitch ceremony for the opener will commemorate the first Rangers team to play in Arlington. Thirteen members of the 1972 Rangers team will be a part of the first pitch ceremony:

Outfielder Larry Biittner
Catcher Rich Billings
Pitcher Dick Bosman
Catcher Bill Fahey
Outfielder Ted Ford
Pitcher Bill Gogolewski
Outfielder Tom Grieve
Shortstop Toby Harrah
Pitcher Rich Hand
Pitcher Jim Panther
Pitcher Don Stanhouse
Catcher Ken Suarez
Coach Wayne Terwilliger

The National Anthem will be performed by Texas country recording artists Reckless Kelly.

The United States Air Force Honor Guard from Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, TX, will present the Colors and members of the United States Army, Marines, Air Force, and Navy will unfurl oversized American and Texas flags in the outfield. B-1 Bombers from the 7th Bomb Wing of Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas are scheduled to fly over Rangers Ballpark in Arlington following the National Anthem.

Rangers Ballpark in Arlington cash parking lots will open at 8:00 a.m. and ballpark gates will open at 10:00 a.m. on Friday. All fans, 21 years of age and older will receive a Rangers Budweiser Opening Day Magnetic Schedule as they enter the park. The Rangers are 20-20 in regular season openers since 1972, winning the last three seasons. It will be the fifth time the club has opened the season with the White Sox with the four previous games also in Arlington, a 1973 loss and 1983 win at Arlington Stadium and a 1998 loss and 2000 win at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.