The St. Louis Cardinals‘ dwelling opener Thursday received’t be precisely like these of years passed by, however it will likely be as shut as it could given attendance limitations and different well being and security protocols within the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Crimson jackets? Verify, albeit not at dwelling plate. Cardinals Corridor of Famers might be acknowledged within the middle area batter’s eye.
2021 Cardinals motorcade across the area? Verify.
In fact, the well being and security protocols will embrace attendance that’s restricted at first of the season to 32% capability, or roughly 14,500 followers, in addition to required masks, socially distanced seating in pods, mobile-only ticketing, cashless transactions and designated entry gates.
Followers had been changed by cardboard cutouts within the abbreviated 2020 season. The return of followers Thursday will occur 544 days after their final look at Busch.
First pitch from Adam Wainwright to the Milwaukee Brewers‘ leadoff batter is at 3:15 p.m. Gates open at 1 p.m.
Bally Sports activities Midwest protection will start at 1:30 p.m. with Cardinals Stay pregame, which can embody the pregame ceremonies beginning at 2:30:
2:30 — Look by the Budweiser Clydesdales.
2:33 — Tribute to Corridor of Famers Lou Brock and Bob Gibson, who handed away in 2020.
2:35 — Introduction of Cardinals Corridor of Famers in middle area batter’s eye.
2:38 — Salute to Cardinals Corridor of Famer Mike Shannon from KMOX radio sales space.
2:40 — Introduction of Cardinals Chairman and CEO Invoice DeWitt Jr. at dwelling plate.
2:41 — Introduction of the 2021 St. Louis Cardinals through motorcade.
2:53 — Introduction of the Milwaukee Brewers.
2:57 — Second of silence.
2:58 — Nationwide Anthem carried out from middle area batter’s eye by Dr. Shephali Wulff, an infectious illness specialist with SSM Well being in St. Louis.
3:00 — Cardinals Opening Day video.
3:02 — Ceremonial first pitch by Cardinals Corridor of Fame third baseman Scott Rolen to new Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado.
3:15 — First pitch.
Dan McLaughlin and Brad Thompson will name the sport on Bally Sports activities Midwest with Jim Hayes and Scott Warmann reporting. Erica Weston will host from the community’s Ballpark Village studio with analyst Rick Horton.
Tentative plans for the pregame present embrace participant feedback on the return of followers to Busch; a function on Arenado; a function on Wainwright; a function on Brock and Gibson; recognition of the late Bobby Plager, Joe Cunningham and Ken Reitz; highlights from previous dwelling openers; dwell experiences from Hayes and Warmann, and extra.