San Diegan Jason Mraz will lend his vocal talents to Opening Day at Petco Park Tuesday.
The Padres announced the Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter will perform the National Anthem as part of the pre-game ceremony when the Padres host the San Francisco Giants Tuesday at 3:35 p.m.
Mraz was a regular coffeehouse fixture in San Diego before he went on to become a platinum selling artist.
All fans will receive a blue Padres Opening Day T-shirt.
The opening ceremony celebrates 75 years of Padres baseball in San Diego. In tribute to this anniversary, a group of Padres alumni representing different eras of the team’s history will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
In addition to Mraz’s performance, there will be the unfurling of the Holiday Bowl big American flag, held by sailors from the USS Bonhomme Richard, and a flyover of F-18/E jets from the VFA-137 Kestrels Super Hornet Squadron out of Lemoore.
Another San Diego native, Aaron Harang, will take the mound for the Padres on opening day.
A sellout crowd is expected and fans are encouraged to arrive early.
The Padres lots will fill up early, but spectators can park along Harbor Drive and utilize the new pedestrian bridge from the Hilton Bayfront Hotel.
Public transportation is also recommended.
The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) will offer additional "Special Event" trolley service from Qualcomm Stadium (with 5,000 free parking spots) and Mission Valley stations to the ballpark area.
The North County Transit District (NCTD) offers a special Padres Coaster train that departs Oceanside Station at 1:45 p.m. and includes free trolley connections.