GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The reigning Miss America will throw a ceremonial first pitch before the Brewers' Opening Day game, part of festivities announced by the club on Monday. Milwaukee's season opener is Friday against the Cardinals at Miller Park. Yovani Gallardo is scheduled to throw his first pitch at 3:10 p.m. CT. First, Laura Kaeppeler, a native of Kenosha, Wis., will throw out the first pitch and Joseph Attanasio, the father of Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio, will follow tradition by singing the national anthem. Kaeppeler will return to perform God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch.
The Miller Park lots will open at noon on Friday, and ballpark gates will open two hours before the first pitch. Consistent with recent years, the Brewers have arranged for overflow parking at Wisconsin State Fair Park for Opening Day. In the likely event that Miller Park lots reach capacity, fans may take the 84th St. exit from I-94 and enter through gate No. 7. From there, they will see signage and staff directing them to the parking area. A $15 fee will cover vehicle parking, and shuttle services are free. Shuttle services are scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. CT and will run until approximately 90 minutes after the game. Tickets for the home opener are sold out. Limited seating remains for Saturday's game and tickets are available for Easter Sunday's game against the Cardinals.