Gay Hockey Ohio has again partnered with The Ohio State University Athletics Department, Outlook Media and Stonewall Columbus to bring fans the 2nd Annual Pride Night, #PrideattheShott. Pride Night 2014 will be Saturday January 11, 2014, as our Ohio State Buckeyes face off against the Michigan State Spartans at the Value City Arena in the Schottenstein Center, located at 555 Borror Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210.
Former NFL player and Executive Director of the You Can Play Project, Wade Davis, will be kicking off Pride Night at 5:00pm with a roundtable discussion hosted by second year law student and co-chair of the OSU OutLaws, Brooke Cartus. Wade’s discussion about being an openly gay man in professional sports, his life experiences and journeys, as well as the You Can Play Projects' "High Five" Initative will be held in The Boardroom of the Schottenstein Center. The Boardroom is located under Section 127 and OSU Hockey Pride Night tickets are required for admittance.
Tickets are $10.00 each and can be purchased today at www.gayhockeyohio.com. We encourage all attendees to join us for a Pre-Game Cocktail Hour in The Boardroom starting at 6:00pm. Parking at the Schott is FREE. The puck will drop at 7:05. A silent auction will also be held in The Boardroom that will benefit the You Can Play Project. Auction items include a signed Sergei Bobrovsky stick and signed RJ Umberger puck, courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, as well as other items from local Columbus businesses.
Last season, Gay Hockey Ohio partnered with The Ohio State University Athletics Department, The OSU Men’s Ice Hockey team, the You Can Play Project and Outlook Media to bring Central Ohio the first visual Pride Night in NCAA Division 1 college hockey history.
The result of these partnerships was a huge turnout of the GLBT community and straight allies, breaking group sales ticket records for OSU Men’s Hockey; a video introduction of the evening by President Gordon Gee, a video welcome by Mayor Michael Coleman and an OSU Men’s Ice Hockey team video filmed for the You Can Play Project that was unveiled in-game.
This season Ohio State Men’s Hockey moved into the B1G conference and the group is looking to make history again: both in ticket sales and as the first and largest Pride Night in the B1G Conference. Ohio State is currently filming a second You Can Play video that will be unveiled on Pride Night at the Schott that will feature student-athletes from several sports.
Pride Night will be the only game in town and certainly one you won’t want to miss. With close to 10,000 fans, a full student section and The Best Damn Band in The Land, the Value City Arena is sure to be loud and proud.
After the game fans are encouraged to bring their ticket stub to The Garage, located at 40 E. Long Street, for free entry to Columbus’ hottest dance club where the bartenders will be slinging some awesome drinks, the DJ will be spinning the newest and hottest sound in town and the celebration will continue.
You Can Play - The Ohio State University (via YouCanPlayProject)
2014 Pride-Night-Ad (via cmhunrulyboy)