The 2012 College World Series doesn't see its first action on the field until Friday afternoon when the Stony Brook Seawolves and the UCLA Bruins play at TD Ameritrade Park, its second year in the new stadium, but on Thursday all the teams will practice there. After each of those hour-long practices end, the teams will then have an autograph session.
Also taking place on Friday will be the Opening Ceremonies at 7:30 p.m MDT. Former Georgia Tech shortstop Nomar Garciaparra will join the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team as the headliners for this event:
In addition to Garciaparra’s involvement, the Golden Knights, which is the U.S. Army’s official aerial demonstration team, will perform a pyrotechnic jump into the stadium as part of Opening Ceremonies. Jumps are performed from 12,500 feet above the ground, or nearly two and a half miles straight up.
That is certainly a sight to behold. But the real draw should be the team introductions, though the Olympic-style presentation might not be for everyone.