30h opening day
BOSTON, MA – With plans to mark One Boston Day and commemorate the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, the Red Sox will stage their opening ceremonies ahead of the start of their 122nd season at home and their 111th at Fenway Park this Friday, April 15. . Fans attending the game are asked to be in their seats by 1:30 p.m. to enjoy the ceremony. The club faces the Minnesota Twins at 2:10 p.m.
Before the game, both teams will be introduced along the baselines. The giant American flag will be draped over the left field wall and presented by members of Hanscom Air Force Base and the Vermont National Guard. The national anthem will be performed by the Premiere Choir of Boston Children’s Choir.
The long-standing tradition of an opening day flyover will be continued with an MH-60T helicopter, a medium-range search and rescue helicopter flown from United States Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod .
The chant of God Bless America in the middle of round 7 will be performed by Springfield native Michelle Brooks Thompson.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, tomorrow all 30 Major League teams will wear Robinson’s number “42” in Dodgers blue on their jerseys and a “42” crest on their uniform sleeves and caps.
To further enhance Fenway Park’s status as a Certified Sensory Inclusive venue, the Red Sox will for the first time offer closed captioning for all home games through the MLB Ballpark app. Fans wishing to use the service should select the Boston Red Sox as their team in the app and click the Captioning button. This selection will bring up a page where the captions will automatically populate. In addition to the app, closed captioning will also be displayed on the outdoor LED panels during all pre-match ceremonies.
The Red Sox and Fenway Park require all fans to adhere to the club’s code of conduct. Fans who need assistance during games can contact the security hotline at 617-226-6411 or text the word SECURITY and a short message to 23215.
The Red Sox opening day, including the ceremony, will be broadcast live on NESN starting on their pre-game show at noon. WEEI’s opening day broadcast starts at 1:10 p.m.
Gates to Fenway Park open two hours before the game for all fans on opening day (12:10 p.m.) and 1:30 a.m. for all other regular season games.
Fans are encouraged to take public transportation to Fenway Park and should check MBTA information. website for the latest service times.