Feb. 15, 2012
The No. 5 Arizona baseball team opens the 2012 season this weekend with a three-game series against North Dakota State Friday-Sunday. Below is all the important information for Wildcat fans planning to attend the games.
Tickets: Season and individual game tickets, and mini-plans are available through the McKale Ticket Office (520-621-2287). Fans purchasing tickets for the season-opener on Friday are encouraged to do so in advance to avoid the game-day rush before the start of the game. Single game tickets purchased online can be printed home.
Gates Open: Hi Corbett Field will open to fans beginning at 4 p.m. (two hours before first pitch) on Friday afternoon. Gates will open one-hour prior to the start of all other home games this season.
Parking: Parking is free at Hi Corbett Field. Fans may also park in surrounding public parking areas in and around Reid Park. However, fans are prohibited from parking in the nearby neighborhood.
This Weekends Events
Friday, Feb. 17 ~ First Pitch at 6 p.m.
Free UA Baseball Opening Day commemorative tickets will be handed out to the first 4,000 fans to the ballpark. Jerry Kindall and Hank Rowe, the grandson of Frank Sancet, will throw out the ceremonial first pitches before the game. More than 100 former baseball letterwinners will also be on the field for the pre-game ceremony. Following the game, a post-game fireworks show will be held. From 3-6 p.m., 1290-AM will host its afternoon sports talk show "In The House" live from Hi Corbett Field. The 1290-AM promotional team will have giveaways for fans.
Saturday, Feb. 18 ~ First Pitch at 4 p.m.
Two-time World Champion manager and 1980 Golden Spikes Award winner Terry Francona headline a Major League Baseball All-Star autograph session before the game starting at 3:15 p.m. Other past and present professionals that will be on hand to sign autographs will be Brian Anderson, George Arias, Jordan Brown, Jason Donald, Shelley Duncan, Gil Heredia, Jack Howell, Nick Hundley, Brad Mills and Ed Vosberg. Additionally, members of the1962 Arizona baseball team will be introduced on the field before the start of the game to honor their 50-year reunion. Francona will throw out the first pitch.
Sunday, Feb. 19 ~ First Pitch at Noon
Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and former Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game. They will be joined on the field by others from the City of Tucson who have been instrumental in making the Wildcats move to Hi Corbett Field a success.