Opening Day at the K: Royals host day full of events at Kauffman Stadium

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The game doesn't start until 3:10 p.m., but Opening Day at the K is an all-day event.

Here's a look at some of the major events taking place Monday at Kauffman Stadium:

Stadium parking lots will open at 9 a.m. for tailgating. Gates into the stadium open at noon.

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Drum lines from Blue Valley High School and North Kansas City High School will be performing outside the gates and in the parking lots from noon to 2:00 p.m.

• Fans can enjoy free face painting and balloon art in the Outfield Experience.  The artists will be located at Gates A and E from noon until the top of the second inning.

• The band Red Guitar will be performing at the Hy-Vee Cool Zone area inside Hy-Vee Gate B from 12:45 to 2:50 p.m.

• The Grain Valley High School Jazz Band will perform on the Outfield Experience Stage prior to the game.

• A pregame ceremony at 2:30 p.m. will include the recognition of former Kansas City Mayor Dr. Charles Wheeler as the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat honoree, introduction of Royals alumni and a special video for the 40th anniversary of Kauffman Stadium.

• Jamie Splittorff, son of Royals Hall of Famer Paul Splittorff, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Royals Hall of Famer John Mayberry will catch.

• A league-wide moment of silence will honor the victims of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The moment of silence will also honor 10-year-old Luke Brisette, the Overland Park, Kan., boy killed last month when an arrival/departure sign fell on him at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport.

• A giant American flag will be presented by airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base.

• Belton native and 2012 X Factor winner Tate Stevens will sing the Star-Spangled Banner.

• Broadway performer Annie Edgerton will sing God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch.

• After the game, DH Billy Butler will be presented with his 2012 Silver Slugger Award and LF Alex Gordon will receive his Rawlings Gold Glove.

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