Guide to Cardinals Opening Day 2019

Cardinals Home Opener on Friday

ST. LOUIS, MO (KFVS) - Baseball will officially return to St. Louis on Friday, April 5, after rain pushed opening day back by 24 hours.

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The Cardinals will open home play against the San Diego Padres.

Here’s a compete guide to all opening day festivities.

Opening Day Pregame Schedule:

9:00 a.m.

  • Cardinals Nation opens for breakfast.

9:30 - 11:45 a.m.

  • Opening Day Pep Rally at Ballpark Village. The fun includes Fredbird and Team Fredbird, ticket giveaways, and an appearance from St. Louis’ very own Kennedy Holmes.

12:00 p.m

  • Busch Stadium Gates Open

2:30 p.m.

  • Pregame ceremonies begin with the famed Budweiser Clydesdale's. Pregame ceremonies will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Midwest. Live pregame coverage will start at 1:30 p.m.
  • Introduction of Fredbird and Team Fredbird

2:35 p.m.

  • Introduction of 14 Hall of Famers via 2019 Ford Mustang Motorcade
  • Introduction of 2019 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class
  • Recognition of Cardinals principal owner and CEO, Bill DeWitt, Jr.
  • Cardinals Opening Day Video on scoreboard

2:50 p.m.

  • Introduction of the St. Louis Cardinals via 2019 Ford F-250 Raptor motorcade
  • Introduction of the San Diego Padres

3:05 p.m.

  • Color Guard and American flag in Center Field courtesy of the service men and women of Scott Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood
  • National Anthem performed by Kennedy Holmes

3:07 p.m.

  • Flyover (weather permitting)

3:09 p.m.

  • Ceremonial First Pitch by Jason Isringhausen and Matt Morris

3:15 p.m.

  • First Pitch

Security Policy:

Word to the wise: get to Busch Stadium early.

Every fan will have to go through security, that includes a mandatory metal detection screening.

There is also a long list of things that can’t be taken into Busch Stadium, which includes alcohol, aluminum or glass cans/bottles, thermoses, hard-sided coolers, backpacks, and commercial camera equipment.

New Features:

New for the season, they’ll be retiring the “print at home” ticket delivery system and moving to mobile tickets.

They hope the change is to make the ticket process more secure and cut down on forgeries, according to Kerry Emerson, the director of ticket operations.

The new lights shine at a level of 90 percent of the quality of natural light, making all the colors look true to life.

If you’re hungry at the game, there’s a new menu for the season.

The Cardinals unveiled the Budweiser Burger Bar, which features handmade, craft burgers.

It’s located at the Bud Terrace on the 4th level of Busch Stadium.

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