Opening Week Starts Today

The Dodgers open their 52nd season in Los Angeles with games against the San Francisco Giants (April 13, 15-16) and Colorado Rockies (April 17-19) in an Opening Week filled with family-oriented festivities.

Monday, April 13 - Opening Day
Tuesday, April 14 - Under the Lights
Wednesday, April 15 - Opening Night/Salute to Jackie Robinson
Thursday, April 16 - Salute to UCLA
Friday, April 17 - Friday Night Fireworks/Super ‘70s Night
Saturday, April 18 - On-Field Photo Day
Sunday, April 19 - Kids Run the Bases
Opening Day, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, features an international theme.  Celebrating the Dodgers' pioneering efforts around the world, flags of more than 30 countries with whom the Dodgers have relationships will wave in pre-game ceremonies.

The young, internationally-renowned singer, Charice, will perform the National Anthem.  The 16-year-old Filipina has performed at the Presidential inauguration events and on "Oprah."   

Another singer of international renown, N'Kenge, who also performed at an inaugural ball, will perform God Bless America during the 7th Inning Stretch.  A protégé of legendary Motown creator Berry Gordy, Jr., who will accompany her to the game, the trained opera star is a product of The Julliard School and sings fluently in 10 languages.   

Hall of Famer Vin Scully, beginning his 60th year with the Dodgers, will throw the Ceremonial First Pitch.   

In addition to the international elements, the club will celebrate the United States.  A giant American flag across the outfield will be held by more than 150 uniformed personnel from the Joint Services, which will include Marines and Navy.   

A B2 Spirit will fly over Dodger Stadium at the end of the National Anthem, and the club will honor decorated U.S. Army veteran Jesus "Jesse" De La Cruz, of Menifee in Riverside County, who suffered severe wounds at war in Iraq while serving with the 101st Airborne Division's "Screaming Eagle."  Still in active service, the lifelong Dodgers fan will present the ball to Scully.   

The Dodgers will try to reward families who come early. Children can enjoy a Center Field Experience that features balloon artists, stilt walkers, face-painters, magicians, a live band, and a barbeque. At Autograph Alley, fans can see the 1981 World Series trophy and meet and receive autographs from members of that team, including Bill Russell, Ron Cey, Steve Garvey, and Steve Yeager.  They will also receive 10 percent off souvenirs from 10:40-11:10 a.m.   

Gates open at 10:40 a.m., ceremonies begin at 12:35 p.m., and the game begins at 1:10 p.m.