LOS ANGELES — Opening day is nearly here at Dodger Stadium, and the crush of traffic in and around the stadium makes for a long day. As such, here is the relevant info and schedule for Day 1 of the 2018 season so you can plan accordingly.
Auto and stadium gates won’t open until 1 p.m., with Thursday’s game against the Giants starting at 4:08 p.m. PT. If you happen to take public transportation, you might see be able to meet a former Dodger:
Attention South Bay #Dodgers fans! Join me tomorrow at 12:45 at the South Bay Transit Center to meet Dodger LEGENDS Manny Mota & Mickey Hatcher, collect some free Dodger gear & ride to #OpeningDay on the @Dodgers Stadium Express for FREE! See you there! https://t.co/AyAOHk3feq pic.twitter.com/IhlYqm3Vm4— Janice Hahn (@SupJaniceHahn) March 28, 2018
Also of note:
#DodgersOpeningDay: Avoid traffic congestion & remember of the temporary parking restriction near #DodgersStadium. Between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on March 29th, there will be restricted parking on Palm Row (Stadium Way) between Scott Road and Academy Road. #LAPD pic.twitter.com/6drQIOyOz0— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) March 28, 2018
Dodgers batting practice is at 1:10 p.m., with Giants batting practice at 2:20 p.m.
Pregame ceremonies start at 3:30 p.m., which include a tribute to the 30th anniversary of the 1988 World Series-winning Dodgers. That all culminates in a ceremonial first pitch at roughly 4 p.m. by Kirk Gibson, who was at the stadium on Wednesday to sign his Seat 88 in right field, where his home run ball landed in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
Singing the national anthem on Thursday is Pia Toscano, who went home far too early way back in Season 10 of American Idol, which was somehow won by the interminable Scotty McReery. Toscano has been a fixture at Kings games the last few years.
The anthem will also feature a flyover by the T-38C Talons from the 25th Flying Training Squadron at the Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma.
Also notable in this series is before Sunday’s series finale, also an ESPN game, Olympic snowboarding gold medalist and Arcadia native Chloe Kim will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.