The word going around is that the Chase Field roof will be open for the D-backs Opening Day game against the Padres on Monday at 2:10 p.m.
This is great news, obviously, as the ballpark always looks beautiful with the sunshine flowing in. Arizona has a very small window of time in which it’s possible to have an open roof for a day game, so it’s a nice luxury while we’ve got it. Weather.com’s 10-day forecast shows sunny with a high of 78 degrees on Monday.
The roof was generally closed for all day games up until 2007-08, when the D-backs began opening it more and more because of strong fan response. D-backs fans wanted to enjoy the sunny, warm Arizona weather, and the organization was happy to oblige.
There are many ways you can get to Chase Field for Opening Day — visit dbacks.com/tickets, call 602.462.6798 or 888.777.4664, visit the Chase Field Ticket Window or purchase them at Ticketmaster Outlets and Fry’s Food Stores.
Dan Haren will take the ball on Opening Day for the second time in his career, but the first with the D-backs. He previously started for the Oakland Athletics on Opening Day back in 2007.
Haren is making his last tune-up start today against the Texas Rangers in the D-backs’ final game at Tucson Electric Park.
— The team announced today that country music star Joe Nichols will perform the National Anthem on Opening Day. Nichols’ current hit single, “Gimmie That Girl,” is one of the hottest songs in the country right now. He has released a total of six studio albums for Universal South and has had 12 Top 20 singles on the country charts, including the No. 1 hits “Brokenheartsville” and “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off.”
— Also, former Arizona Cardinals quarterback (and two-time league MVP and Super Bowl MVP and five-time Pro Bowler…) Kurt Warner will be on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.