The Pride Center of WNY and the Buffalo Bisons are teaming up to host a day at the ballpark that pays tribute to Western New York’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Community. 2015 marks the first year that this official Out at the Ballpark event will take place at Coca-Cola Field. It’s also the first time that a professional Buffalo sports team has organized a day of sports dedicated to the LGBTQ community.
“The Buffalo Bisons approached us a few months back expressing their interest in creating an event that would celebrate our community,” said Matthew Crehan Higgins, Senior Director of The Pride Center of WNY. “Immediately it felt like something a little different and unexpected, and certainly whenever we have mentioned it to someone they smile right away.”
Out at the Ballpark will feature:
- Queen City Softball League Doug Scheidt will throw the game’s ceremonial first pitch
- National anthems will be sung by out actor Marc Sacco, recipient of the 2008 Artvoice Theater Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical
- Entertainment and trivia by and for the LGBTQ community
- The Coca-Cola Field centerfield pavilion area will also open at 5:00 p.m. and feature live music and food and beverage specials from 5:00 p.m. to first pitch
“I am honored to have the opportunity to throw the first pitch and proud of the success of the Queen City Softball League, which has been playing every summer since 1993,” Sheidt said. “At the time, we were eight teams, mostly gay and lesbian players, and mostly at a recreational level. I never would have imagined that 23 seasons later we would still be playing, sharing the field with a lot more straight allies, and playing at a variety of levels, from recreational to competitive. It’s been great fun and I think a contribution to the social and athletic landscape of the city of Buffalo.”
Out at the Ballpark | Thursday, July 16, 2015 | Bisons host Columbus at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.)
Fans can purchase a specially-priced $12 reserved seat ticket to Out at the Ballpark night by contacting Rob Kates at the Buffalo Bisons at (716) 846-2032 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds of advanced ticket sales will benefit the Pride Center of Western New York and their efforts to promote and celebrate the area’s LGBTQ community. The Bisons will also be selling Out at the Ballpark game tickets at the Pride Festival on Sunday, June 7.