D-backs Opening Day 2013 is all about the fans

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks kick off the season Monday night against the St. Louis Cardinals, and it's going to be all about the fans.

Josh Rawitch with the D-backs said he expects nearly 50,000 fans to sell out the home opener.

As of Monday morning, only a limited number of tickets were still available.

The game starts at 7:10 p.m., but fans are encouraged to show up early for a host of pregame activities.

The D-backs Street FestivalĀ starts at 3 p.m. at the 4th Street and Jackson intersection.

Rawitch said there will be food trucks, live music, inflatables, and activities for folks of all ages.

Former D-backs Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The national anthem will be sung by 16-year-old Karlie O'Hearn from Yuma.

She's been in remission for 10 years after being diagnosed with Leukemia when she was just 5 years old.

On the field, all players, managers, coaches and umpires will wear a symbolic ribbon patch in honor of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.

There will be a moment of silence prior to the game.

Rawitch said 50,000 fans will receive a magnetic schedule. And fans should also come to the game hungry!

From wings to burgers to BBQ, there's a little of something for everyone, said Rawitch.

The stadium's newest restaurant, Game Seven Grill, will open for the first time and feature barbecue.

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