ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The first pitch of the Cardinals home opener will not be thrown out until 3:15 p.m. Monday, but the team has organized a full day for fans who want to come downtown early.
11:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cardinals Official Opening Day Pre-Game Pep Rally, sponsored by Hardee's: The Cardinals and Hardee's will host a pre-game pep rally in front of the Cardinals Team Store, located at the corner of Clark Street and 8th Street. Local rock band Trixie Delight will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fredbird and Team Fredbird will be on hand to give away Opening Day tickets, autographed items and other Cardinals prizes. Fans can stop by the free Hardee's Photo Booth to get their Opening Day photo taken from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Fans can also purchase a Hardee's Combo Meal after regular breakfast hours from the Mobile Diner or Hardee's restaurant on Chestnut and receive a free Cardinals t-shirt while supplies last.
1:15 p .m. Gates Open
Budweiser Magnet Schedule Day: All ticketed-fans, ages 21 and over, will receive a magnet with the 2013 Cardinals schedule, compliments of Budweiser Beer.
2:30 p.m. Pre-game ceremony
Pre-game ceremonies begin with an appearance by the famed Budweiser Clydesdales.
Introduction of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley, and St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay
Introduction of Fredbird and Team Fredbird
Cardinals Hall-of-Famers will be introduced via a Ford Motorcade, led around the warning track by the 2013 Ford Fusion. Each Cardinals Hall of Famer will be riding in a 2014 Ford Mustang Convertible.
Tribute to Stan Musial: Stan and Lillian Musial's four children, Dick Musial, Gerry Ashley, Janet Schwarze, and Jean Edmonds will unveil a memorial marker in left center field.
Introduction of the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals via Ford Motorcade. The players will ride in 2013 Ford F-150 Raptors.
Introduction of the Cincinnati Reds and the starting lineups
American Bald Eagle introduced, courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis
Color Guard and American Flag in Center Field, courtesy of Scott Air Force Base
The National Anthem will be performed by six members of the Gateway Harmonica Club of St. Louis. Stan Musial was an honorary member of the club.
A moment of silence for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, as well as a moment of silence for baseball great and St. Louis native Earl Weaver, former Cardinals Outfielder Chuck Diering, longtime organist Ernie Hayes, longtime Redbird Roost attendant Fanny Scholl, and the greatest Cardinal, Hall of Famer Stan Musial.
Ceremonial First Pitch by former Cardinal closer Jason Isringhausen and former Cardinal center fielder Jim Edmonds.
3:15 p.m. Game Time