Pep rally, concert part of Cards' Game 3 festivities

Pep rally, concert part of Cards' Game 3 festivities

Pep rally, concert part of Cards' Game 3 festivities
ST. LOUIS -- In typical fashion, downtown St. Louis and the Cardinals will celebrate another round of playoff baseball on Wednesday. The club announced Tuesday the plans for pregame and in-game festivities for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, which is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. CT at Busch Stadium.

Before the game, there will be a pep rally in the Ballpark Village area, featuring photo opportunities with the 2011 World Series trophy, a concert and appearances by Cardinals alumni and a Budweiser Clydesdale. That begins at 12:30 p.m.

Gates for the game open at 1 p.m., and pregame ceremonies get under way at 2:40 p.m. On-field events will include the introduction of Cardinals Hall of Famers and a ceremonial first pitch by Danny Cox, who pitched in the 1985 and '87 NLCS for St. Louis. Country artist Joe Nichols will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner," and Generald Wilson will sing "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch.

Fans will receive a "rally towel" upon entering the stadium.