On Saturday afternoon, April 3, the Phillies will open Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia's new world-class ballpark, in an On-Deck Series game against the Cleveland Indians. The schedule of events for this historic day is as follows:
11:00 a.m. Gates open.
11:15 a.m. Phillies batting practice.
11:45 a.m. Indians batting practice.
12:25 p.m. Indians infield practice.
12:50 p.m. PA Announcer Dan Baker welcomes everyone.
12:51 p.m. Video is shown highlighting Citizens Bank Park.
12:54 p.m. Introductions of special guests.
12:57 p.m. Speeches by dignitaries.
1:04 p.m. First ball thrown by Ben Alexander (representing full season ticket holders), Kenneth Kron and Cindy Bergman (representing all other season ticket holders) and Carolyne and Nathan Willis (representing Citizens Bank).
1:06 p.m. Lineups are announced.
1:09 p.m. Various construction workers who built Citizens Bank Park will be introduced and take the field.
1:11 p.m. 2004 Phillies take the field.
1:13 p.m. National Anthem sung by "Touch of Class" led by Dana Penn, a laborer and member of Local 332 that helped build Citizens Bank Park.
1:15 p.m. First pitch.
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