Cardinals Monday home opener event schedule

On Monday afternoon, April 7, the St. Louis Cardinals will open the home portion of their 2014 schedule, preceded by the types of activities that Opening Days in St. Louis are known for.

10 a.m. Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum Dedication Ceremony: The Cardinals will host an invitation-only ceremony to formally dedicate the new Cardinals Hall of Fame presented by Edward Jones and the team's new Cardinals Museum within Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village. While the ceremony is not open to the general public due to a lack of space, the team will live-stream the ceremony on and broadcast the ceremony on the outdoor Busch II scoreboard screen and on the 40 ft. television in FOX Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village.

11 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 across from the Cardinals Team Store, in the Ballpark Village parking lot. Local rock band Trixie Delight will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fredbird and Team Fredbird will be on hand to give away Opening Day tickets, autographed items and other Cardinals prizes. Fans can 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. Other sponsors include: Budweiser, First National Bank, Fox Theatre, FOX Sports Midwest, Goodwill, Krispy Kreme, Missouri Lottery, The Muny, PNC Bank, Rawlings, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Grant's Farm and The Tan Company.

1:15 p.m. Gates open

Budweiser Magnet Schedule Day: All ticketed-fans ages 21 and over will receive a magnet with the 2014 Cardinals schedule, compliments of Budweiser Beer.

2:30 p.m. Pre-game ceremonies begin with an appearance by the famed Budweiser Clydesdales.

Introduction of St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley, St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, and Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder.

Introduction of Fredbird and Team Fredbird.

Cardinals Hall-of-Famers will be introduced via a Ford Motorcade, led around the warning track by a 1964 Ford Mustang. Each Cardinals Hall of Famer will be riding in a 2014 Ford Mustang Convertible.

Introduction of Mike Shannon, Danny Cox and Jim Edmonds with past National League Championship trophies.

Introduction of the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals via Ford Motorcade. The players will ride in 2014 Ford F-150 Raptors.

Introduction of the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals lineups

2013 National League Champions banner raised in the outfield.

Color Guard provided by Ft. Leonard Wood and American Flag in Center Field, courtesy of a joint services group at Scott Air Force Base

American Bald Eagle, courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis

The National Anthem will be performed by Curtis Finch, Jr. – a Top 10 Finalist on American Idol Season 12, and St. Louis native.

Ceremonial First Pitch by former Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter.

3:15 p.m. Game Time. Michael Wacha (0-0, 0.00) vs. Tony Cingrani (0-0, 0.00) will be the starting pitchers. Television and radio coverage will be provided by FOX Sports Midwest and KMOX.

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