Brewers Opening Day ceremonies set for Friday

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers open the 2012 season at Miller Park on Friday, April 6th. For those lucky enough to have tickets to the sold-out affair, here's a look at what's in store.

The Miller Park parking lots will open at noon on Opening Day. The gates to the ballpark will open two hours before the first pitch.

Prior to first pitch on Opening Day, the Famous Racing Sausages will take part in the 10th Annual Klement’s Opening Day First Brat Relay Race, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Klement’s plant on Chase Ave. The Famous Racing Sausages will deliver the “First Brat” all the way to Miller Park (weather permitting).

The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Miss America Laura Kaeppeler, a native of Kenosha. She'll also perform "God Bless America" during the seventh inning.

Joseph Attanasio, the father of Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasion, will sing the national anthem before the game.

All fans will who walk through the turnstiles on Opening Day will receive a Brewers 2012 magnetic schedule.

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 street exit from I-94 and enter through gate #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. Buses, provided by Riteway Bus, will be staged near the U.S. Cellular® Gate at State Fair Park and will offer service to and from Miller Park before and after the game. Shuttle services are scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. and will run until approximately 1.5 hours after the game. Buses will pick up in the drop-off location which will be located on VA grounds. Fans should follow the path marked “Stadium” which will lead them to the Right Field Gate.