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Tigers' 2018 Opening Day fan guide

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Matchup: Tigers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

When: Friday, first pitch at 1:10 p.m. Rain caused Thursday's scheduled game to be postponed, and hopes remain high that Friday's weather will cooperate and avoid a two-day delay of Opening Day. 

Where: Comerica Park

The Tigers will officially open their 2018 season Thursday at Comerica Park.

Gates open: 11 a.m.

TV / radio: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 FM

Pitching: The Tigers' Jordan Zimmermann makes his first Opening Day start and faces the Pirates' Iván Nova. Nova also makes his first Opening Day start and will pitch in the park where he made his major league debut.

Weather: The forecast for game time is arond 40 degrees and partly to mostly cloudy.

Ceremonial first pitch: Tiger great Mickey Lolich, a 1968 World Series Champion and World Series MVP, will be on the mound to mark the start of the game.

National anthem: Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Chrisette Michele

Parking: More than 8,000 parking spaces are available in and around Comerica Park and The District Detroit. Guests may want to use shuttles operated by local bars, restaurants and casinos. There will be no parking allowed in the north and south curb lanes of John R. and Brush Street. Vehicles parked there will be ticketed or towed.

Tickets: You can make a game-day decision to attend, as tickets are still available at and through secondary markets.This raises the question of whether the ballclub will legitimately have a packed Comerica Park for a game that, in recent years, often would sell out within hours of tickets going on sale.

Street closings: Four streets will be closed around Comerica Park Friday. They are: Brush from Madison to Montcalm, Montcalm from Brush to Woodward, Witherell from Montcalm to Adams and Adams from Witherell to Brush.

People Mover: The People Mover will be operating from 6:30 a.m. to midnight. Fare is 75 cents per ride and children ages 5 and younger are free.

QLine: The QLine will operate from 6 a.m. to midnight. Fare is $1.50 for a three-hour ride, $3 for a day pass.

Game day coverage: Come back to all day Friday for live game coverage, photo galleries, videos, columns, analysis and more. View the ballpark scene with our live webcam. We'll also be broadcasting live video on Facebook and Periscope and sharing the sights and sounds of Opening Day on Twitter, Instagram (@detroitnews) and Snapchat (Search for "Detroitnews").

Did you know? This year is the Tigers' 118th Opening Day game.