4/1/2014 12:05 P.M. ET
2014 Opening Day Festivities
The Club's 20th Home Opener at 20th and Blake in Downtown Denver
By / MLB.com
DENVER - The Colorado Rockies will celebrate one of baseball's grand traditions with Opening Day 2014 scheduled for this Friday, April 4 vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks, first pitch at 2:10 p.m. In what has become a special occasion for the community and Rockies' fans throughout the region, pregame ceremonies will feature extensive entertainment and traditional Opening Day festivities. The day will showcase the Club's new off-season roster additions, multi-million dollar stadium enhancements and additions to the ballpark, as well as new food offerings that will be available in 2014. The stadium additions are highlighted by the opening of the new right field Rooftop, the largest fan deck in sports at 38,000 square feet.
Opening Day at Coors Field will also feature a traditional "America's Pastime" theme, with a parade around the warning track that pays tribute to all branches of the United States military. In addition, members of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard will present our nation's colors, while an oversized American flag is unfurled on the field by 150 uniformed personnel from the military, Denver Police and Fire Departments.
The Colorado Symphony Orchestra will perform the Star Spangled Banner and will later entertain the fans as the Rockies take the home field for the first time in 2014 with a live rendition of the new Rockies theme music, "Take the Field."
Three first pitches will be thrown out this year. The first by Rockies season ticket holder Andrew Wildenberg, the second by King Sooper's Director of Real Estate, Randy Wright, and the third by Special Community Guest Jon Lujan. Lujan, a Littleton, CO native, served in the United States Marine Corps for more than eight and a half years and is currently a member of the U.S Paralympic Alpine National Ski Team. Jon was selected as the flag bearer for the U.S. Paralympic Team at the Opening Ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
The parking lots at Coors Field will open at 9 a.m., with Rooftop gates A and B opening at 11 a.m. Fans are encouraged to attend the Rooftop opening and the annual Opening Day Fest on Blake and 21st Streets beginning at 11 a.m. Rooftop activities will feature music spun by DJ Billy Beats and pregame drink specials through first pitch. For more information and future Rooftop events visit rockies.com/rooftop or @RoxRooftop. The Opening Day Fest brings a festival and family atmosphere to the day with music, various games and activities for adults and children, plus extensive food and beverage options. In addition to the festivities, all fans attending the game will receive a 2014 Rockies Magnetic Schedule presented by King Soopers.
While Opening Day is sold out, fans can secure single-game tickets to 2014 regular season games by visiting www.rockies.com/tickets, by calling 303-ROCKIES (762-5437), or in person at the Coors Field Ticket Office, Rockies Dugout Stores, Kings Soopers and select City Market stores. Fans can take advantage of all the great promotions and special events planned for 2014 by becoming a Rockies Season Ticket Holder. Full Season, 15, 20 or 25-game Mini-Plans start as low as $165 per seat and are available to fit every budget.
The Rockies ' first home stand of the 2014 regular season includes a Nolan Arenado Collectible Jersey presented by Toyota (Saturday 4/5 vs. Arizona, 6:10 p.m.), Michael Cuddyer "Batting Champ" Bobble head Gnome presented by Wells Fargo Bank (Sunday 4/6 vs. Arizona, 2:10 p.m.), a Purple Monday Tee (Monday 4/7 vs. Chicago White Sox, 6:40 p.m.), and $1 Hot Dog Night presented by Hebrew National (Tuesday 4/8 vs. Chicago White Sox, 6:40 p.m.). For more information regarding the Rockies 2014 promotions please visit www.rockies.com/promotions.
Opening Day Event Timeline
9 a.m. Coors Field parking lots open
11 a.m. Rooftop Gates A and B open to fans, Rooftop events begin.
11 a.m. Opening Day Fest begins, at Blake and 21st Streets
Noon All Coors Field Gates open to fans
Beginning at 1:30 p.m.
- Pregame ceremonies begin with the Stellar Brass playing and a video welcoming fans to Coors Field
- Military March introductions and Color Guard recognitions
- Introductions of both teams
- Colors presented by United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard
- Honor Guards and Large Flag staff recognitions
- Star Spangled Banner performed by The Colorado Symphony Orchestra
- First pitches thrown out by season ticket holder Andrew Wildenberg, Randy Wright, and Special Guest Jon Lujan
- Rawlings 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove presentations to Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez
2:08 p.m. Rockies leave dugout following The Colorado Symphony Orchestra playing live "Take the Field."
2:10 p.m. Official game time
The Rockies' season opener against the Diamondbacks will be televised locally on ROOT SPORTS™. The Rockies' radio broadcast is on AM 850 KOA and in Spanish on KNRV 1050 AM.
All bags and persons will be subject to search, including women's purses. Bags must not be larger than 16"x 16" x 8". Bags larger than those dimensions will not be permitted inside Coors Field. Due to the security measures at the gates, fans are encouraged to arrive at the ballpark early to be in their seats in time for the start of the pre-game festivities at 1:30pm. Parking gates open at 9:00 a.m., Gates A & B open at 11:00 a.m. for access to the Rooftop and all ballpark gates open at Noon.
For frequently asked questions please refer to the Rockies website at www.rockies.com
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