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2012 MLB Opening Day Schedule

MLB Opening Day 2012The 2012 Major League Baseball season is just around the corner!  For baseball fans (expecially Cubs fans), spring is the time for eternal optimism.  Where any team still has a chance at the playoffs and even the world series.

Opening day is one of the biggest games of the year and even small market teams consistently sell out.  As such, there is huge demand for tickets to these games.  For those interested in marketing baseball tickets be sure to heavily promote the games included below.  After opening day, there is a lull in baseball ticket sales until inter-league play begins.  This year games between teams in the American League and National League will begin on May 18th.  Stayed tuned as we will break down some of the more popular inter-league games on the 2012 Schedule.

MLB Opening Day 2012

Wednesday April 4th

  • Miami Marlins vs St. Louis Cardinals (6:05) Lohse (0-0) v. Johnson (0-0)

Thursday April 5th, 2012

  • Detroit Tigers vs Boston Red Sox (12:05) Lester (0-0) v. Verlander (0-0)
  • N.Y. Mets vs Atlanta Braves (12:10) Hanson (0-0) v. Santana (0-0)
  • Pittsburgh Pirates vs Philadelphia Phillies (12:35) Halladay (0-0) v. Bedard (0-0)
  • Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals (1:20) Strasburg (0-0) v. Dempster (0-0)
  • Cleveland Indians vs Toronto Blue Jays (2:05) Romero (0-0) v. Masterson (0-0)
  • Cincinnati Reds vs Miami Marlins (3:10) Buehrle (0-0) v. Cueto (0-0)
  • San Diego Padres vs LA Dodgers (6:05) Kershaw (0-0) v. Volquez (0-0)

Friday April 6th, 2012

Top Weekend Events – May 20 – 22nd

Welcome to your Wednesday.

This week’s top events list brings an odd mix of events.  It has everything from baseball to Nascar to Country Music to Wrestling to Heavy Metal.

The top even for the weekend is the Cubs vs. Red Sox game taking place at Fenway Park.  Each of these teams has die-hard, loyal fans.  The Red Sox hold a very interesting title within the MLB, one they’ve held for the past 8 years, every game since May 15, 2003, has sold out.  Recently, they have won the World Series Championship in 2003 and 2007.  Sadly, the Cubs have not been that lucky.  They haven’t won a World Championship in 102 years, the longest draught of any MLB team.  Perhaps this is the year and they can win it for the late Ron Santo who passed away late last year.

The NHRA O’Reilly Summer Nationals is full throttle drag racing.  This is the 60th anniversary season of the NHRA.  There are 22 Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock care events and 16 Pro Stock Motorcycle Events on schedule.  This is a very loud and very fun event.

For your music events, the one to take exceptional note of it the Jason Aldean show at Riverbend.  This particular show has garnered A LOT of attention on Free Ticket Classifieds.  Fans are all of sudden hankering for tickets.  Lawn Seats are of particular interest to the fans.  Sugarland has a very strong fan base, as evident by them showing up on the Top Weekend Events list for multiple weeks in a row.  This is U2’s first appearance on the list.  The shows on tour now are make-up shows from when Bono cancelled last year due to a serious back injury.  The U2 360 Tour is the highest grossing tour to date in history, beating out the $558 million earnings from the Rolling Stones tour the year previous.  Since these are make-up shows, tickets are really cheap.  I’m surprised to see System of a Down on the list because, while they have a strong fan base, it’s a pretty specific demographic that is drawn to them.  Serj Tankian, the lead singer, had great success on his debut solo Album in 2007 while the band was on hiatus.  In later 2010, SOAD announced that they would be reuniting for festival dates in Europe and a few in the States.

Glee Live! In Concert! is a concert tour featuring the members of the cast of the infinitely popular television series on Fox.  Fans are crazy about the show and the concert series as well.  Their popularity knows no bounds at this time.

Top Weekend Events – Friday, May 20th – Sunday, May 22nd

1.)    Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago Cubs, Fenway Park, Boston, MA – Saturday, May 21st

2.)    NHRA O’Reilly Summer Nationals, Heartland Park, Topeka, KS – Friday, May 20th

3.)    WWE Over the Limit, Key Arena, Seattle, WA – Sunday, May 22nd

4.)    Jason Aldean, Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH – Friday, May 20th

5.)    Sugarland, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD – Sunday May 22nd

6.)    Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays, Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON – Friday, May 20th

7.)    Glee Live!, Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, NV – Saturday, May 21st

8.)    U2, Invesco field at Mile High, Denver, CO – Saturday, May 21st

9.)    Chelsea Handler, Beacon Theatre,  New York City, NY – Saturday, May 21st

10.)  System of a Down, Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA – Saturday, May 21st

Top Weekend Events – April 2 -4

Fenway ParkWelcome to Hump Day!!  You’ve made it half way through the week already!  Way to go.

Sorry about missing last week’s post.  I was all screwed up last week.  Friday arrived, and I thought it was Wednesday.  Oops.

At any rate, will you check out this list?!  I think A LOT of people are very excited about the impending baseball season and spring FINALLY arriving.  It’s about dang time too.  Obviously, some of the biggest names on the list include the 2007 World Series champs, the Colorado Rockies, the perennial favorite Red Sox, 2005 runner up champs, the Houston Astros and the neighborly rivals the Giants vs. the Dodgers.  Frankly, I’m exceptionally surprised not to see the Chicago Cubs nor the New York Yankees on this list.  I’m sure their time is coming though.

Obviously and without any surprise, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four Tournament holds down the top spot.  For those whose brackets and pools predicted these final four, they should receive some kind of elaborate prize.  The Final Four is comprised of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams (VCU), Butler Bulldogs, UConn Huskies and the Kentucky Wildcats.  Which unlikely team do you think will take home the championship on April 4th?

The Chicago Bulls also are making an appearance on the list.  Hometown hero, Derrick Rose, is helping lead his team hopefully another championship, along with assistance from Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer and Coach Tom Thibodeau.

Our firs WWE event shows up on the list with Wrestlemania XXVII (that’s 27 for us regular folk).  Some of the matches of note include The Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio, The Miz (from MTV’s Real World!) and John Cena as well as Triple H taking on The Undertaker.  WWE has a huge following and is not just for 13-year-old boys anymore.

  1.)    NCAA Final Four, Reliant Stadium, Houston TX  – 04/02/2011

2.)    Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies – Opening Day, Coors Field, Denver, Colorado – 04/01/2011

3.)    Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers – Opening Day – Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, TX – 04/01/2011

4.)    Wrestlemania XXVII – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA – 04/03/2011

5.)    Kroger 250 – Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA – 04/02/2011

6.)    Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls – United Center, Chicago  –  IL 04/02/2011

7.)    Brian Regan – Wilbur Theater, Boston, MA – 04/01/2011

8.)    Houston Astros vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Opening Day – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA – 04/01/2011

9.)    George Strait and Reba McEntire – EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake, UT – 04/02/2011

10.)  San Francisco Giants vs. LA Dodgers – Opening Day – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA  – 04/01/2011

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