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Today is the inaugural game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The Washington Nationals host the Houston Astros at 1:05 p.m.
Here's a rundown of the pre-game ceremonies, emceed by Charlie Slowes, the Nationals' play-by-play announcer:
Ribbon cutting: Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred; Washington Nationals principal owners Ted and Annette Lerner and members of the Lerner family; Jim Crane, owner and chairman of the Houston Astros, and members of his family and executive team. Joined on the field by Palm Beach County Mayor Paulette Burdick and three other county commissioners. (Melissa McKinlay and Mary Lou Berger are in Washington at a National Association of Counties conference.) West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio will attend with members of the City Commission and Daniel Martell, former CEO of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, who was instrumental in launching the project.
First pitch: Thrown by children from the Crossroads Baptist Church, just north of the ballpark in West Palm Beach.
U.S. flag: Presented by West Palm Beach Police Department Honor Guard, led by Lt. Frank DiStefano.
National anthem: By Palm Beach Opera soprano Jessica Fishenfeld. "God Bless America" performed by Palm Beach Opera tenor Derrek Stark.
Flyover by the U.S. Coast Guard from Air Station Miami.
Lineup cards will be delivered by Muoio and Burdick.
Game ball will be delivered by Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker.
"Play Ball!" will be announced by a child from the Crossroads Baptist Church.
Chris Deitrick will handle the play-by-play commentary.
Parking and tickets: What you need to know
Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online at ballparkpalmbeaches.com or in person at the newly opened Ballpark of the Palm Beaches box office at the main stadium.
There are more than 3,200 parking spaces at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Day-of-game parking is available in all lots for $10.
RV and bus parking are available for $25. Ballpark parking lots will open on game days at 9 a.m. Valet parking is $20 per car.
Entrances to the onsite parking can be found on Haverhill Road and Military Trail. Fans can enter the main Haverhill Road entrance to park in the northwest parking area. Here fans also can access the south lot, which features the largest number of spaces. From Military Trail, fans may enter the parking lot south of the Shiloh Street entrance.
Gates open at 10:30 a.m. for season-ticket holders and 11 a.m. for the general public.
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