A's kick of the season with home opener Monday night

It’s the home opener for the Oakland Athletics Monday night and fans are ready for the new 2016 season.

The A’s face off in a four-game homestand against the Chicago White Sox. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Sonny Gray was set to make his third consecutive opening day start, but he came down with food poisoning. Rich Hill will replace him. A total of 35,000 fans are expected to attend the game. 

The team is asking everyone to wear an Athletics baseball cap for opening day.

There will also be a pair of giveaways, a pre-game pyrotechnic display and a “Sonny Siders” ticket special.

The 22nd Airlift Squadron and the C-5M Galaxy from Travis Air Force Base will also be doing a flyover.

Throughout the season, elementary school students will get help with their homework on certain game days at the Coliseum. A’s players will then sign autographs as a way to congratulate them for their hard work.

A’s fans can also take advantage of Rapid Deal Days by BARTable. A select number of $5 tickets will be available online for certain games.