Camelback Ranch Opening Day Festivities Set

The National League West Division Champion Los Angeles Dodgers will host the American League Central Champion Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch – Glendale on Today (Sunday, March 1) for the inaugural game between the two teams in their new shared ballpark.

  Parking gates will open at 10:00 a.m. for the Opening Day festivities and stadium gates will open at 11:30 a.m. prior to the 1:05 p.m. game time.

Glendale native Jordin Sparks will headline the pre-game activities with the singing of the National Anthem. The recording artist rose to fame as the season six winner of the hit FOX reality television show, American Idol.   

Adding to the excitement of the Grammy nominated artist's rendition of the National Anthem, a flyover featuring four F-16's from nearby Luke Air Force Base is set to accompany the performance, as well as a Color Guard formation from Luke AFB and fireworks to cap off the celebration.   

Pre-game ceremonies will feature introductions of Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs and Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, as well as city managers from Phoenix and Glendale. The ceremonial first pitches will be thrown by Dodger Manager Joe Torre and Chicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen to their opposing team's catchers.   

Keeping up with their long-standing ties to the communities in which they play, the Dodgers and White Sox have provided jerseys to two local little league teams from Holiday Park Little League, right here in Glendale. These two teams, now proudly wearing new Los Angeles and Chicago uniforms, will also take part in the celebration, as the Little Leaguers will join their Major League counterparts on the lines during team introductions.   

In order to honor the rich Arizona culture, a Native American Dance performance will open up the pre-game ceremony, as Brian Hammill, the 2009 World Champion Hoop Dancer, will be performing a dance in the outfield, symbolizing the circle of life.   

Prior to the pre-game activities, Camelback Ranch – Glendale will offer live entertainment. Come Back Buddy, a local band that covers hits from the 1950s and 60s, will perform in the bandstand area located directly in front of the two-acre lake near the center field rotunda entrance. The performance will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.   

Other scheduled festivities will include face painting, a balloon artist/magician, and stiltwalkers. Activities of this nature for children will take place at every Sunday game at Camelback Ranch – Glendale.  

The next chance to catch Dodgers home game action will be on Wednesday, March 4 when the team welcomes fellow National League West competitor the San Francisco Giants to Camelback Ranch – Glendale with a 1:05 p.m. scheduled start.

Schedule of Events
(tentative)
10:00 a.m.: Camelback Ranch – Glendale parking gates open
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Come Back Buddy
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Face painting, balloon 
                         artist/magician, and stiltwalkers
11:30 a.m.: Stadium gates open
12:45 a.m.: Pre-game festivities begin
1:05 p.m.: First pitch
 

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