BOSTON, MA – Members of the Boston Pops and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus conducted by James Orent will perform the National Anthem tomorrow in Opening Day Ceremonies at Fenway Park, which this year celebrates its 100th Anniversary.  Ceremonies commemorating the special anniversary will take place one week later, on Friday, April 20, the exact anniversary of the first Major League Baseball game at the ballpark. 

 

Traditional Opening Day ceremonies tomorrow will include the introduction of the Tampa Bay Rays and the Red Sox, the unveiling of the giant American flag on the Green Monster, the performance of the national anthem, a fly-over by the “Green Mountain Boys” of Vermont in F-16 jets, the Ceremonial First Pitch, and the declaration to “Play Ball.”

 

Opening Day ceremonies are scheduled to begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. Game time is scheduled for 2:05 p.m.

 

The participants in the First Pitch Ceremony will not be announced in advance, as is customary.

 

Military personnel from Hanscom Air Force Base will be on hand to present the colors.  This season marks the 10th Anniversary of the debut of the giant flag that drapes the left field wall on special occasions.   

 

The “Green Mountain Boys” are pilots from the Air National Guard's 134th Fighter Squadron out of Burlington, Vermont.  

 

Later in the game, 11-year-old Rosie Newton of St. Albans, Vermont, will sing God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch.

 

In addition, starting tomorrow, fans will see new displays, historic photographs, and memorabilia throughout the park that reflect that Fenway Park is “A Living Museum.” These elements are also included in the new, 100th Anniversary version of Fenway Park Tours, which debuts Saturday morning.

 

Gate Openings

All gates will open two hours before game time tomorrow, as they will on weekend games in 2012 (Fridays through Sundays).  On weeknights (Mondays through Thursdays), gates open 1 ½ hours before game time.  In recent years, entry was limited to two gates and specific areas of the ballpark at home games.

 

Red Sox Nation members can enter the ballpark 2 ½ hours before games using their Nation’s Way entrance at Gate C.

 

Royal Rooters Club members and premium ticket holders have access to the ballpark two hours before games.

 

Fenway Park Tours

A new, enhanced version of Fenway Park Tours debuts Saturday at 9:00 a.m.  The hour-long tours now include nearly 100 new bronze plaques and displays throughout the concourses, and a visit to the Royal Rooters Club & Home of the Nation’s Archives. 

 

With more than 4,000 artifacts, including many that have been provided by fans of Red Sox Nation, Fenway Park is now “A Living Museum.”  Elements include an extensive historical photo collection, architectural plans and blueprints, historic newspapers, baseballs, chairs, signs, tickets, lineup cards, bases, and championship pennants.

 

Fenway Park Tours run daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on non-game days, and 9:00 a.m. until three hours before game time on game days.  There are no tours on Opening Day.  For more information and pricing on the tours, visit redsox.com/tours.