Apr 7, 2023 - Sports

Your guide to Opening Day at Progressive Field

Progressive Field on Opening Day 2011, with confetti in the air.

Photo: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

The roar of the crowd. The smell of the grass. The crack of the bat. Welcome to Opening Day in Cleveland.

Driving the news: The Guardians will face the Seattle Mariners starting at 4pm today at Progressive Field.

Why it matters: The Guardians went 5-2 during their first two road series of the season.

  • The team comes home with hopes of repeating as American League Central Champions and making a World Series run.

Details: Cleveland Heights native Travis Kelce, of the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, will throw out today's ceremonial first pitch alongside his mother, Donna Kelce.

  • Cleveland's Norelle — fresh off being a backup singer for Rihanna's Super Bowl halftime show — will sing the national anthem and "God Bless America."

Of note: The Guardians will wear a special jersey patch honoring superfan and longtime team drummer John Adams, who died in January.

If you go: Tickets for Opening Day have been sold out for weeks. Even the new Ballpark Pass promotion, where fans can snag standing-room-only tickets for every home game for $49 per month, is sold out for April.

  • Fans can still buy tickets on the secondary market for prices starting at $83 as of yesterday.

Meanwhile, if you can't make it into the ballpark, the Guardians are hosting a free block party in Gateway Plaza from 1:15-3:30pm.

What we're watching: Guardians games are broadcast on Bally Sports Great Lakes — for now, pending the fallout from Bally's parent company Diamond Sports filing for bankruptcy.

  • The opener will also air on WKYC Channel 3 with coverage starting at 3pm.

💭 Troy's thought bubble: There's nothing in sports like Opening Day. If you can score tickets, cherish the moment.


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