Braves open the season Monday, April 4, 2016, at Turner Field against the Washington Nationals.
Photo: AJC File
Photo: AJC File

What to expect at Braves' season opener

The Braves open the season at 4 p.m. Monday against the Washington Nationals at Turner Field.

Gates will open at 1 p.m. and entertainment will fill the ballpark's final opening day. Here are some of the things you can expect:

Wear your hat

The Braves and New Era encourage fans to wear their Braves hats on Opening Day.

Don't forget to 'check in'

The first 1,000 fans to "check in" on the MLB.com Ballpark app will receive a foam tomahawk. The 75th fan to check in will unlock an autographed Jason Grilli baseball. The 200th fan to check in will unlock a Tyler Flowers autographed baseball.

Three random fans who check in will receive an Academy Sports + Outdoors gift card. 

Make a bid

From 1 p.m. until the third inning, the Atlanta Braves Foundation will host a silent auction featuring signed baseballs, bats, hats, photos, and framed pieces. Mystery Brown Bags containing autographed baseballs of former Braves players will be for sale at the Community Clubhouse. The auction will take place in the Plaza, Section 202 and the SunTrust Club.

Pregame performance

Electric Avenue will perform a 60-minute set in Fan Plaza from 2:20-3:20 p.m., followed by a Q&A with the band.

Pregame ceremony

The Braves are encouraged to be in their seats by 3:30 for the ceremony.

The team will celebrate Turner Field’s history with a video presentation narrated by Braves president John Schuerholz and former Braves Bobby Cox, Chipper Jones, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz.

Following the video, the 1997 Braves team that opened Turner Field - led by former manager Bobby Cox -- will parade around the field. 

National anthem

Members of the military hold a giant American flag in the outfield as country star Mark Wills sings the "the Star-Spangled Banner."

Ceremonial flyover

Members of the 187th Fighter Wing Alabama Air National Guard will fly two F-16s over Turner Field at the conclusion of the anthem.

Countdown begins

Members of the 1997 Braves team will kick off the home-game countdown by removing “81” during the middle of the fifth inning.

Hometown Hero

The Braves will honor a local military member during the game.

'God Bless America'

Atlanta Opera tenor Timothy Miller will perform "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch.

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