ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com - The World-Famous Budweiser Clydesdales will return to Busch Stadium Thursday!

The Clydesdales are a staple at the Cardinals Home Opener but their appearance was uncertain because of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, the company announced after taking last year off, the Clydesdales will return for their annual trip around the warning track in 2021.

The Cardinals Home Opener is April 8 at 3:15 p.m. Bush Stadium will be able to hold 32% capacity for home games as long as masks are worn and social distancing is followed.

Below is the schedule of pre-game activities for the home opener:

  • 12:00 – 12:50 PM Cardinals batting practice (subject to change)
  • 12:55 – 1:50 PM Brewers batting practice (subject to change)
  • 1:00 PM Gates Open
    • 2021 Cardinals Magnet Schedule: All fans, ages 21 and older, will receive a magnet featuring the 2021 Cardinals schedule, compliments of Budweiser.
  • 2:30 PM Pregame ceremonies begin with an appearance by the famous Budweiser Clydesdales.
  • 2:33 PM Lou Brock & Bob Gibson tribute.
  • 2:35 PM Introduction of Cardinals Hall of Famers to centerfield batter’s eye.
  • 2:38 PM Salute to Mike Shannon from KMOX radio booth.
  • 2:40 PM Introduction of Cardinals Chairman and CEO, Bill DeWitt Jr. at home plate.
  • 2:41 PM Introduction of the 2021 St. Louis Cardinals via Ford motorcade. The players will ride in 2021 Ford F-150 Lariat trucks.
  • 2:53 PM Introduction of the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • 2:57 PM Moment of silence
  • 2:58 PM National Anthem performed from centerfield batter’s eye by Dr. Shephali Wulff, an infectious disease specialist with SSM Health in St. Louis.
  • 3:00 PM Cardinals Opening Day video
  • 3:02 PM Ceremonial First Pitch by Cardinals Hall of Fame 3B Scott Rolen to current Cardinals 3B Nolan Arenado
  • 3:15 PM First Pitch

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