Mets To Celebrate Their First Pride Night On August 13th

The Mets have been pioneers in ethnic nights, with themed games saluting all the various nationalities and their cultures for over 25 years.

But this season, there will be a new group honored, the LGBT with Pride Night.

On Saturday, August 13th, the Amazin’s will become the first major sports franchise in New York to salute the LGBT community when the Mets take on the San Diego Padres

The night is the brainchild of LGBT Network CEO David Kilmnick, who said the idea came to him last season, since the Mets are his favorite team and wanted his group honored.

After speaking with the Mets management and with help of representative Steve Israel, the night was born.

“This will be the first Pride night at a major sporting event in New York City,” Kilmnick said. “It’s going to be a great and festive night at Citi Field and we hope everyone will come out and pull for a Mets win.”

Besides the game, there will be a pregame concert on Mets Plaza by the “Shea Stadium Apple” featuring Martha Walsh and a few other guests. There will be a pregame ceremony and Kilmnick hopes the Mets will honor a LGBT veteran that night as part of their nightly recognition of military personnel.

After the game the band Styx will play in a post-game concert. Originally it was a separate event, but when picking dates, it seemed like the best fit.

To get tickets to this event, please visit A portion of each ticket sold though this link will go to the anti-bullying programs of the LGBT Network.

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