The Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting their ninth annual Pride Night at Dodger Stadium on Friday, and for the first time in franchise history, the team will take the field with custom on-field caps as they face the New York Mets.
More than 15,000 tickets were sold as part of the Pride Night ticket package, which is the most in professional sports history. The fans who purchased these tickets are receiving a commemorative LGBTQ+ Dodger game jersey.
Pride Night at Dodger Stadium is highlighted by special guests and ceremonies, and the sponsor signs in the outfield were changed show support for Pride and the LGBTQ+ community.
All partners with outfield signage are supporting the cause by changing their logos to reflect the colors of Pride, including Bank of America, State Farm, 76, Yaamava’ Resort and Casino at San Manuel, UCLA Health, Morton Salt, Anheuser Busch-Bud Light Seltzer, Blue Shield of California, Coca-Cola, Security Benefit, and ampm.
Dodger Stadium opens to fans at 5:10 p.m. PT, with a Pride Night welcome party that begins in the center field plaza with music by DJ Bowie Jane.
Specialty Pride drinks will be served in the left field and right field pavilion bars, and Bud Light Pride bottles will be sold at select concession locations. Brand ambassadors from Anheuser Busch, Jim Beam, and Hornitos Tequila will activate in the center field plaza and distribute giveaways.
A balloon photo opportunity will be in the center field keystone plaza. The LGBT Center will have a booth for fans to visit. The entire night will serve as the official L.A. Pride kickoff party. The Varsity Gay League kickball game will is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.
A pregame recognition will introduce Chloe Corcoran, a Dodgers fan, activist and advocate for the transgender community who has been publicly sharing her transition experience to help inform and empower others.
Additionally, the Dodgers will hold pregame ceremonies to honor Billy Bean, Dale Scott, Fallon Fox, Gigi Gorgeous, Nats Getty and Jojo Siwa. Wils will perform the national anthem and members of Glen Burke’s family will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
First Lieutenant Belita Edwards will serve as the Military Hero of the Game. A proud LGBTQ+ veteran, Edwards was the first female officer allowed to work in the United States Army’s Transportation unit.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation will donate 50% of the proceeds from the 50/50 raffle to the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the world’s largest provider of programs and services for LGBT individuals.
Dodgers Pride caps return June 11 vs. Giants
The Dodgers and San Francisco Giants will make history on June 11, when both clubs take the field at Oracle Park in San Francisco wearing their respective team’s pride caps.
“The Los Angeles Dodgers are proud to stand with and recognize the LGBTQ+ community in Los Angeles and globally,” president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement.
“The Dodgers have a history of breaking barriers and we’re proud to be a part of another chapter in MLB history as the Dodgers and Giants each wear their team’s pride caps on June 11. While our organizations have a long-storied rivalry on the field, we stand together when it comes to equality for all.”
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