“Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” that Tin Pan Alley ditty written in 1908 and still sung during the seventh-inning stretch at Turner Field and other major league ballparks, would probably demand some different couplets if written in 2013. Ballparks these days make a play to keep fans entertained and engaged for all nine innings and to be family friendly.
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Opening day will be more than hits, runs and errors for Braves fans. Country music star Rodney Atkins will hold a pregame concert at 5:30 p.m. in the Fan Plaza, then sing the national anthem. Pre-game ceremonies on the field begin at 6:20 p.m., which will include a flyover of vintage aircraft and former third baseman Chipper Jones throwing the ceremonial first pitch. The seventh-inning stretch will feature Atlanta Opera singer Tim Miller singing “God Bless America,” followed by Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan leading the crowd in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
The gates will open 2 ½ hours before game time.