This from the Yankees:
The New York Yankees will open the 2007 Championship Season â€“ the 105th in franchise history â€“ at Yankee Stadium on Monday, April 2 vs. the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at 1:05 p.m. The Yankees have won nine consecutive home openers (1998-2006) and 20 of their last 23 since 1984.
Melanie and Christopher Lidleâ€”the wife and son of former Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle who passed away last October 11thâ€”will take the mound for the ceremonial first pitch. Coryâ€™s parents, Doug and Lisa, and his twin brother Kevin, will also attend Mondayâ€™s Opening Day ceremonies.
In addition to the presentation of colors by the West Point Cadet Color Guard, a giant American flag will be unfurled in the outfield by 40 West Point cadets. At the conclusion of the National Anthem, two U.S. Navy F-18s piloted by the Strike Fighter Squadron 34 (the Blue Blasters) will fly over the stadium.
The national anthem will be performed by a West Point soloist, and renowned Irish tenor Ronan Tynan will sing â€œGod Bless Americaâ€? during the seventh-inning stretch.
Pre-game ceremonies will begin at approximately 12:40 p.m. All fans in attendance will receive a 2007 Major League Baseball Schedule Book. Gates will open at 11:00 a.m.
All fans are encouraged to arrive early. Ongoing construction of the new Yankee Stadium may cause street and/or parking lot closures in the area around the current stadium. Fans should budget ample time when planning their trip and should consider using public transportation.