2012 Opening Day Festivities

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