For anyone who has never attended an opening day game, the atmosphere is nearly indescribable. But I’m going to try anyway. A sold out crowd slowly finds their seats as game time approaches. Vendors shout out, trying to entice thirsty and hungry customers. The grounds crew puts the finishing touches on the field – and the field isn’t how you normally see it. No, the field is now decorated in spray-on bunting, the chalked outlines of the words “Opening Day,” and the Padres logo. As game time quickly grows near, the opening ceremonies begin with a first pitch. Unlike the local business men and women you’re used to, this first pitch is thrown out by a star. Could be a Hall of Famer, it could be a celebrity with ties to San Diego. Once completed, the color guard marches out onto the field as a huge American Flag is spread out across the outfield. The players line the first and third base foul lines and the first National Anthem of the season is sung. The players have yet to take the field, but you notice as the Anthem is wrapping up that you already have goosebumps. Finally, with a roar heard only during Opening Day and postseason games, the crowd welcomes the Padres to the field. It’s game time, and the season is under way.
You have the chance to experience this for free. And it’s simple. Chicken Friars is excited to announce its participation in TiqIQ’s Opening Day 2012 ticket giveaway. By simply liking Chicken Friars and TiqIQ on Facebook and submitting your guess for the Padres’ batting average leader for spring training, you will be entered to win two tickets to Opening Day 2012.