By gaytimates, nearly 300 members of northern Nevada’s GLBTQ+ community showed up at Greater Nevada Field last night to watch the Reno Aces, the local Triple A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, defeat the Salt Lake City Bees 7-5. Attendance at the game was announced as 4,976.
“It great to see local baseball support diversity,” Mike Hawkins, who came from Truckee, said. “We sort of stumbled across the event on facebook. I think it was the Northern Nevada Pride page or something like that. Our biggest problem was the link to get tickets didn’t work so we just bought tickets. There were six of us that came together. This was a great fun night. I hope the Aces have more!”
The most aired complaint was the inability to buy tickets using the link provided by the Aces. As a results, there were “rainbows” throughout the stadium from the Coors Light Party Zone, in left field, to the far corner of the right field seats. And it wasn’t just one or two people there were small groups. That is why the gaytimates, as there was not a way to actually count those who didn’t buy tickets though the link.
Pride Night at the Aces started last year when Reno Aces Account Executive, in charge of group sales, Alex Strathearn proposed to SK Baseball (owner of the Aces) management to host a Pride Night during the season. Strathearn reached out to OUR Center, the local GLBTQ+ Community Center as the beneficiary. After negotiations on how it would have to work, Pride Night at the Aces became a reality.
The Reno Aces are one of a few Triple A teams that host “Pride Nights” in the 16 Triple A Pacific Coast League. Attendees to the game got an extra bonus with the Aces win as if they score 7 runs, the Atlantis Hotel Casino gives away a free gelato and if the Aces have more than 10 hits, Jack-in-the-Box gives away a free Jumbo Jack with the purchase of a large drink.
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