Sunday, February 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays' Pride Night a sellout

The Rays' annual Pride Night on Friday night is sold out.

The game against the Giants has been dedicated to the victims of Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando. The Rays put all open seats to the game on sale for $5, with all proceeds benefiting the Pulse Victims Fund ( gofundme.com/pulsevictimsfund), set up for the families of the victims.

The Rays sold so many tickets that the tarps that cover the upper-deck seats will be rolled back, allowing Tropicana Field to surpass its 31,042 capacity.

"We are grateful for and proud of the region's response to our Pride Night dedication," Rays president Brian Auld said. "In the wake of a terrible tragedy, and in a matter of hours, 40,000 people have chosen to come together, to stand side by side in a show of support for the victims, their families, the city of Orlando and the greater LGBT community."

Also Friday:

• Everyone in attendance will receive a "We Are Orlando" T-shirt.

• Proceeds from the team's 50/50 raffle will also benefit the Pulse Victims Fund, and additional donation centers will be at the ballpark.

• Parking will be $5 per car at all team-controlled lots.

• OneBlood will hold blood drives at 4 p.m. Friday at Tropicana Field and 2 p.m. Saturday. Donors will receive a OneBlood T-shirt and a voucher for two tickets to any future 2016 regular-season game, redeemable online.

• The national anthem and God Bless America will performed by Una Voce, the Florida Men's Chorale.

• The victims' names will scroll on the video board during a moment of silence.

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