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Cleveland Indians announce plans for home opener

The Cleveland Indians revealed the plans for their home opener on April 11 against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.

The 24th home opener at Progressive Field will be a one of a kind celebration with a number of special guests, on-field festivities and a unique performance of the national anthem.

Tentatively scheduled to start at 4:10 pm with gates opening at 2 pm, the Indians and White Sox will clash in the 25th consecutive home opener sellout dating back to the final year of the Cleveland Municipal Stadium. The Tribe sold out the contest in three minutes on March 6.

Fans are encouraged to be seated by 3 pm to be a part of the pregame ceremony, which includes the presentation of the American League Championship rings, a commemorative flag raising in center field and a championship banner unveiling in the right field terrace area.

Jim Thome, Austin Carr and Jim Brown, all legends in the history of Cleveland sports, will throw out a trio of ceremonial first pitches.

Shortly thereafter, the string section of the Cleveland Orchestra will play the national anthem after their memorable performance prior to Game 7 of the World Series. A US Air Force F-16 will fly over the ballpark as members of the United States military, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard present the colors.

Two-hundred-fifty workers at Progressive Insurance will also be in attendance to assist with the presentation of the oversized American flag.

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

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