MLB Opening Day is a spectacular curtain raiser to the Major League Baseball season, featuring the Opening Day pitch, plenty of musical entertainment and a high-quality baseball game as well. A chance for every team and their fans to look ahead to the coming season with hope, Opening Day is a very special occasion on the American calendar, coming in April as spring bursts into bloom. Perfect for families and always a positive event, MLB Opening Day tickets are not to be missed.
Some background information about MLB Opening Day
Millions of Americans base their year around MLB Opening Day. Forget about New Year's Day: Opening Day weekend in April is when the sporting season really gets going, and when they can start rooting for their heroes to win the World Series.
Opening Day has been a major event for well over 50 years, involving far more than just baseball matches. For example Cincinnati stages huge street parades in honour of the Reds, while all over the country fans use Opening Day as an excuse to stage lively street parties. So, when you book MLB Opening Day tickets, expect plenty of food, drink, costumes, music and energy.
In recent years, MLB Opening Day has become even more ambitious, branching out into overseas market in an effort to grow the game. Mexico's city of Monterrey hosted an Opening Day game in 1999, while Tokyo, San Juan and Sydney have all staged Opening Day fixtures since then. The fun doesn't have to be limited to American audiences. You never know, there may be an Opening Day near you wherever you live. Just check the StubHub listings to be sure.
Memorable occasions in Opening Day history
Opening Day has seen plenty of history. There's something about the atmosphere and expectation that drives players onto achieve remarkable things after the first pitch of the season has been delivered.
In 1940, for example, Opening Day saw a no-hitter being thrown by Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians (the only time that's happened). Great batter Ted Williams scored a record 17 runs in opening fixtures, raising his game for the event, while in 1974 Hank Aaron tied Babe Ruth's home run record on Opening Day for the Atlanta Braves. Then, in 2012 the Cleveland Indians squared up to the Toronto Blue Jays, resulting in an Opening Day epic which went to 16 innings (and turned into one hell of a party).
Aside from the match itself, Opening Day has also seen ceremonial pitches by almost every US president, adding a little extra glitz to an already stellar sporting occasion.