Pride Night is coming to Dodgers Stadium again this June!
The Dodgers Pride Night, one of the best in the entire world of sports, will return this June 16, likely breaking the record for most people participating in a Pride celebration at a professional sports event again.
Last year, the Dodgers sold over 18,000 Pride Night ticket packages, a record for ticket sales for an LGBTQ+ Pride Night at a sporting event. Dodger Stadium has a capacity of 56,000, so that means that a third of the people watching the game bought the Pride tickets. That number is expected to be matched or beaten this year.
Dodgers Pride Night will include specialty drinks, rainbow flags, Pride Night Dodgers jerseys, David Archuleta singing the national anthem, and an appearance from lesbian tennis legends and Dodgers part owners Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss.
“The Dodgers have always championed diversity and inclusion as core values, and we’re honored to showcase our dedication to fostering an inclusive environment both and off the field during out tenth annual LGBTQ+ Pride Night,” Dodgers SVP of marketing, communications, community relationships, and broadcasting Eric Braverman said.
Braverman is gay and married his husband at Dodger Stadium last year.
Elsewhere in sports, the NHL had several players and teams decide that they would not participate in Pride celebrations this year. While the NHL had started having teams wearing Pride jerseys in warmups during special Pride nights, the New York Rangers, New York Islanders, and Minnesota Wild all decided to not have players wear Pride jerseys.
Thankfully, there are teams like the Dodgers who still believe that LGBTQ+ fans and players should be welcome in their sports.