Indians announce festivities, special guests line up for the Tribe's home opener on April 11

Posted at 2:16 PM, Apr 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-03 14:29:29-04

We're just days away from the Cleveland Indians home opener game. Festivities and special guests are already planned for the highly anticipated home opener game to welcome back the American League Champions.

In just three minutes the game was sold out on March 6, making it the 25th consecutive home opener sellout.

The American League Champion Cleveland Indians announced a full line-up of festivities and special guests.

The game, the Tribe's 24th home opener, marks the 117th year as a charter member of the American League.

Before the game, there will be a pregame ceremony to celebrate the Indians American League Championship. Players and coaches will receive their rings and a flag will be raised in center field.

Fans are encouraged to be in their seats at 3 p.m. to witness the ring ceremony.

The first pitch will be at 4:10 p.m. at Progressive Field.

Cleveland sports legends from the city's three major sports are coming together to throw the first pitches.

  • Jim Thome: a familiar face to Indians fans, leads the franchise in the most home runs. He played from 1991 to 2002 and again in 2011.
  • Austin Carr: he made a big impact in the history of the Cavaliers. This Cavs great is second on the franchise’s all-time games played list and fourth in points scored. Carr is now a full-time analyst for the Cavaliers Television Network
  • Jim Brown: Browns Hall of Fame running back, Jim Brown was recognized as the NFL MVP three times and led the team to the championship in 1964.

Bringing live music and one of Cleveland's most iconic musical talents, the Cleveland Orchestra string section will perform the National Anthem. It's the same group that performed before Game 7 of the World Series.

Following the performance, there will be a US Air Force F-16 flyover, which will honor all branches of the United States military.