Tigers will host first LGBT Pride Night June 3

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Detroit — For the first time in the franchise's history, the Tigers will host an LGBT Pride Night at Comerica Park, the team confirmed Monday.

The Pride Night will be Wednesday, June 3, for a game against the Oakland A's.

Later in the month, the A's will be hosting their first Pride Night, on June 17. When that was announced last month, some season ticket-holders complained — prompting Eireann Dolan, the girlfriend of A's reliever Sean Doolittle, to offer to buy any unwanted tickets. Dolan then plans on donating those tickets to a Bay Area LGBT youth center.

There has been no reported concern among Tigers season ticket-holders. The LGBT Night is not listed with the theme nights on the Tigers' website.

The Dodgers and Giants are among teams hosting LGBT nights this year, as well as the Cubs, who've held such nights the longest — annually since 2001.

The Tigers' LGBT night, co-sponsored by the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce, will offer tickets in the lower base line for $40.

The message of equality and inclusion has been big in recent months for Major League Baseball, which last year hired Billy Bean, an out former major-leaguer (and Tiger), as an ambassador.

In December, longtime and highly respected umpire Dale Scott announced he is gay.

Tickets to the Tigers' June 3 game will be available for purchase through the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber and Commerce and the Tigers in coming days.

That night's game coincides with Motor City Pride, which is June 6 and 7 at Hart Plaza in Detroit.