Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports
According to The Detroit Free Press, the Detroit Lions have decided to follow in the footsteps of Detroit’s other major sports teams, the Pistons, Red Wings and Tigers, and will host the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce for an LGBT Pride night during the team’s game against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 25 at Ford Field.
Last year’s LGBT events at the aforementioned teams’ games in the Detroit area drew over 1,000 people, a number that LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s board member Kevin Heard said they expect to surpass for the Lions game in a few months.
“We do anticipate a good 1,400- to 1,500-member (turnout) to piggyback on the 1,400 people that we had at the Tigers pride night,” Keith told The Free Press. “We expect a lot of those that can’t get in the stadium, that they’ll at least be available for the tailgate.”
Even though LGBT nights at sporting events are nothing new for the Detroit area, the Lions are the first NFL team to host an LGBT Pride night.
CEO of the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce James Felton Keith spoke to the free press about what it means to see Detroit become the first city to host an LGBT Pride event at an NFL game.
“It means a lot, in particular the support and rapid response from (the Lions),” Keith told The Free Press. “It means the world, actually.(…) These large sporting events play into our InDetroit campaign (and) our Inclusive Detroit campaign, which primarily affects the large corporations in the area. But these sports franchises are some of the largest corporations in the area and they affect the overall social sentiment.”
Outside of the other major Detroit sports teams, the Oakland Athletics also hosted an LGBT Pride night on June 17 that saw 850 LGBT members attend the A’s 16-2 rout of the San Diego Padres.
Tickets for the event will be going on sale later this summer, according to The Free Press.