The Milwaukee Brewers will hold their first LGBT pride night June 21 in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park.
Rick Schlesinger, Brewers chief operating officer, told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: “The schedule for our theme nights has expanded to at least 16 events this season, and we are excited that Pride Night is one of the new additions. The inclusion of Pride Night is a result of fan feedback and our ongoing work with and support of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Similar events have been very successful in other Major League markets, and we know that this will be a very entertaining night at Miller Park.”
One of the catalysts for the team holding the pride event was a letter sent by Milwaukee resident and Brewers fan Hillary McCabe to Journal-Sentinel columnist Jim Stingl. He forwarded the note to a Brewers V-P who then worked with the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce to make the night happen.
”There’s some great things going on in our city, so it’s fitting that our major sports teams reflect that same 414 [Milwaukee area code] solidarity,” McCabe told Stingl.
Tickets range from $20 to $44 and everyone buying one for the event will receive a Brewers pride T-shirt. The fact that the game is against the Cardinals, a fierce division rival, should make for a great turnout.
The Brewers’ decision means only three teams will have never had some LGBT event: The New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels and Cincinnati Reds.