Tampa Bay Rays Pride Night Honoring Orlando Victims Sells Out in Just a Few Hours
Earlier this week the Tampa Bay Rays announced that their annual Pride Night, previously scheduled for Friday’s game against the San Francisco Giants, would be dedicated to the victims of the tragic shooting in Orlando.
On Tuesday, all remaining seats to the game went on sale for just $5, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Pulse Victims Fund along with all proceeds from the 50/50 raffle. The Rays will also be accepting further donations to the Pulse Victims Fund at Tropicana Field, and blood donor clinics will be set up throughout the stadium. Fans, meanwhile, will get “We Are Orlando” t-shirts.
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Rays fans responded big time, buying up every single ticket in just a few hours.
On Wednesday Rays president Brian Aulo issued a statement thanking fans for their overwhelming support:
“We are grateful for and proud of the region’s response to our Pride Night dedication. In the wake of a terrible tragedy, and in a matter of hours, 40,000 people have chosen to come together, to stand side by side in a show of support for the victims, their families, the City of Orlando and the greater LGBT community. In this time of great sadness, the reaction has been inspiring and heartwarming.”
The national anthem and “God Bless America” will be sung by Florida men’s choir Una Voce. Before the game, there will be a moment of silence while the names of the 49 victims will scroll on the stadium’s video boards. There will also be a video message from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, and the league’s VP of Social Responsibility and Inclusion, Billy Bean, will throw out the first pitch.
Should be a pretty special night.