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Padres announce plans for Opening Series

The San Diego Padres today announced details surrounding the 2014 regular season Opening Series presented by Sycuan against the Los Angeles Dodgers, including Opening Night on Sunday, March 30 at 5:05 p.m. and Opening Day on Tuesday, April 1 at 3:40 p.m.

The regular season gets underway with Opening Night, a nationally-televised game on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. Every fan in attendance will receive a 2014 Padres schedule cling. Opening Night is sold out. The only way to still obtain tickets for the game Sunday, March 30 is through the purchase of a Padres Membership.

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As has long been a Sunday tradition at Petco Park, the Opening Night pregame ceremony, scheduled to begin at approximately 4:35 p.m., will salute the United States Military. Padres players will wear their camouflage uniforms for the first time ever in a season opener. Legendary broadcaster and Padres television play-by-play announcer Dick Enberg will emcee the Opening Night ceremony, which will feature a National Anthem performance by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band, as well as the unfurling of a giant flag in the shape of the United States, held by members of the Jr. ROTC program from San Diego schools. As Padres and Dodgers players take the field for the Anthem, they will join more than 100 active duty service members, representing all branches, lining the base lines. The ceremony will also include an aerial demonstration by the U.S. Navy parachute team, also known as the Leap Frogs.

Sunday's ceremony will be highlighted by a tribute to legendary Padres broadcaster Jerry Coleman, who passed away in January at the age of 89. Coleman's daughter, Chelsea, will throw the Ceremonial First Pitch, escorted by her mother, Maggie.

Other traditional features of Salute to the Military Sundays will be incorporated into the Opening Night ceremony, including Military Starting Nine, when nine service members will take the field to greet Padres starters at each position. San Diego native and American Idol season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez will perform God Bless America live before the 7th Inning Stretch.

Fans should be in their seats by 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Park at the Park gates will open at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. All other gates will open at 3:00 p.m. With a sellout crowd heading to the ballpark, fans are strongly encouraged to arrive early to Petco Park. To avoid additional traffic delays, fans should utilize public transportation or pre-purchase parking passes online at www.padres.com. Padres parking lots are expected to fill three hours prior to first pitch, so fans are encouraged to park along Harbor Drive at Convention Center garages and utilize the pedestrian bridge. Suggested routes and maps can be found at www.padres.com/transportation. The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) will offer additional "Special Event" trolley service from Qualcomm Stadium (with 5,000 free parking spots) and Mission Valley stations to the ballpark area. The North County Transit District (NCTD) will offer two special Padres Coaster trains that depart from Oceanside Station at 1:50 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Fares for each Coaster train include free trolley connections. For more information and updates, visit the Petco Park transportation page at www.padres.com/transportation.

While Opening Night is sold out, tickets are still available for the rest of the Opening Series presented by Sycuan, including Opening Day on Tuesday, April 1 at 3:40 p.m. Every fan in attendance will receive a 2014 Padres schedule cling, as well as an Opening Day hat. Tuesday's game will feature traditional Opening Day ceremonies, beginning at approximately 3:10 p.m. Once again, Padres broadcaster Dick Enberg will emcee the Opening Day pregame ceremony, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Petco Park.

Tuesday's National Anthem will be performed by 16-year-old Timyra-Joi Beatty, the San Diego native who competed on Season 5 of NBC's The Voice. The ceremony will also feature the unfurling of the Holiday Bowl Big Flag, held U.S. Navy Chiefs in celebration of the 121st birthday of the Chief Petty Officer rank. The Ceremonial First Pitch will be thrown by former Padres David Wells, who threw the first pitch at Petco Park when it opened in 2004, Brian Giles, who had the first hit at Petco Park, and Mark Loretta, who hit the first Padres home run at Petco Park.

Fans should be in their seats by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Park at the Park gates will open at 1:00 p.m. All other gates will open at 1:30 p.m. With a large Opening Day crowd heading to the ballpark, fans are strongly encouraged to arrive early to Petco Park. To avoid additional traffic delays, fans should utilize public transportation or pre-purchase parking passes online at www.padres.com. Padres parking lots are expected to fill two hours prior to first pitch, so fans are encouraged to park along Harbor Drive at Convention Center garages and utilize the pedestrian bridge. Suggested routes and maps can be found at www.padres.com/transportation. The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) will offer additional "Special Event" trolley service from Qualcomm Stadium (with 5,000 free parking spots) and Mission Valley stations to the ballpark area. The North County Transit District (NCTD) will offer a special Padres Coaster train that departs from Oceanside Station at 1:51pm and includes free trolley connection. For more information and updates, visit the Petco Park transportation page at www.padres.com/transportation.

Tickets for the remaining 80 home games, including Opening Day April 1, can be purchased online at www.padres.com, at the Petco Park box office, at the Padres Store in Tijuana, and at all Ticketmaster locations.

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