Details on Cards’ home opener

Jenifer Langosch/

I interrupt my home hunting ventures to bring you information about Friday’s home opener. The following information was sent out today by the Cardinals. Included are details about pregame festivities and other specifics that might be beneficial to know before you head downtown.


 10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.         
Cardinals Official Opening Day Pre-Game Pep Rally, sponsored by Hardee’s:  The Cardinals will host a pre-game pep rally in the Ballpark Village Lot, located directly across from Busch Stadium, at the corner of Clark Street and South Broadway. Local rock band Trixie Delight will perform from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Fredbird and Team Fredbird will be on hand to give away Opening Day tickets, autographed items and other Cardinals prizes. Fans can stop by the Hardee’s Photo Booth, where they can get their Opening Day picture taken for free and visit the Hardee’s Mobile Diner where, with the purchase of a Combo Meal, they will receive a complimentary Opening Day t-shirt.  Other sponsors include: Budweiser, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Air Force, Dunkin Donuts, Energizer, First National Bank, Fox Theater, Fox Sports Midwest, Girl Scouts, Krispy Kreme, Lumiere/River City, MO Secretary of State, Muny, Papa John’s, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Tan Company and Qdoba

 11:45 a.m.
Gates open

Busch Magnet Schedule Day:  All fans with a ticket ages 21 and over will receive a magnet with the 2012 Cardinals schedule, compliments of Busch Beer.

 1:30 p.m.
Pre-game ceremonies begin with an appearance by the famed Budweiser Clydesdales.

Introduce Missouri Governor Jeremiah “Jay” Nixon, St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay        

Introduce Fredbird & Team Fredbird

Cardinals Hall-of-Famers will be introduced via a Ford Motorcade around the warning track, led by the 2013 Ford Escape. 

Video Tribute to the 2011 World Champions                                                               

Introduce representatives of the last four World Championships who will escort in the Cardinals last four World Championship trophies….Mike Shannon (’67), Tommy Herr (’82), David Eckstein, Jim Edmonds (’06) and Tony La Russa and Dave Duncan (’11) 

Introduce the reigning World Champion St. Louis Cardinals via Ford Motorcade (2012 Ford Platinum F-150s and 2012 Ford Raptor F-150s) 

The family of U.S. Army Specialist Jeffrey L. White, Jr. will raise the 2011 World Championship Banner in left field. 

Introduce the Chicago Cubs and the starting lineups 

American Bald Eagle flight, courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis 

Color Guard – The U.S. Marine Corps 

A moment of silence to former Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch 

Shannon Magrane, Season 11 contestant on American Idol, will sing the Star-Spangled banner                                           

U.S. Air Force Flyover – Two F-16s 

Ceremonial First Pitch 

2:15 p.m.
Game Time

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Thanks Jennifer. Will the events be televised on Fox sports Midwest?


Any details yet about the timing of the World Series ring presentation on Saturday?

Thanks for the info. Glad to have you in Cardinal Nation. It is an improvement for us, but a shorter off season for you. Keep up the good work.

I’m a little disappointed, the Cardinals usually issue a press release with opening day/week information, things about security, etc. and nothing this year when the celebration will likely be bigger than ever. Thanks Jennifer for at least giving those of us coming to town a little bit of info!

Is there an opening day parade? If so, what is the route? Thank you. Wayne

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I’ll be extremely pleased, and surprised, if the flyby of F-16s happens. All air shows and Flybys have been cancelled by the DoD. I’ll be there and am hopefully the weather is better than last years.

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