LOS ANGELES -- Ready to celebrate 50th anniversaries together, the Los Angeles Dodgers and The Beach Boys will have a season-long partnership with special performances, festivities and merchandise, the team announced Tuesday.
Not only will the band, originally from Hawthorne, Calif., have a special concert for the Dodgers' home opener on April 10 against the Pirates, it will also sing the national anthem that day, the start of Dodger Stadium's 50th anniversary season.
"The Dodgers are so pleased to share our Golden anniversary with another California icon," Tommy Lasorda, Hall of Fame manager and special advisor to the chairman, said in a written statement. "Singing the national anthem any time is an honor, but especially on Opening Day. I am looking forward to their performance."
As part of this partnership, the Dodgers and The Beach Boys will offer co-branded merchandise featuring the band's 50th anniversary logo and Dodger Stadium's 50th anniversary logo.
The Dodgers will also dedicate their May 18 game against the Cardinals to The Beach Boys. Prior to the start of the game on "Beach Boys Night," the Dodgers will once again treat fans to the legendary band's most memorable tunes as The Beach Boys' recorded music will be played in Dodger Stadium.
"It's very special to us that we get to celebrate our 50 years alongside the Dodgers, a team we all love," The Beach Boys said in the statement. "Generations of fans have supported our music just as much as their Boys in Blue and we're very happy to celebrate both L.A. traditions at Dodger Stadium this Opening Day."