The Mets will host their annual Pride night on June 25 when the team faces the Philadelphia Phillies in a doubleheader.
The Mets first hosted a Pride night in 2016 and have continued to host it every year except last year — when there were no fans in the stands due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Coca-Cola sign in right field with be lit up in Rainbow colors and the first 12,000 fans will get a Mets Pride T-Shirt. The LGBT Network will be on the field before the game for a pre-game ceremony and Donna Vivino, will perform the national anthem.
Between the first and second game of the doubleheader, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center — which serves many LGBTQ clients — will receive an honor as the “Mets community hero of the day,” the team announced.
In the Big Apple Reserved section, fans can purchase tickets specifically for Pride Night. Those tickets begin at $40, and $5 of each ticket will be steered towards the LGBT Network. Fans can purchase those tickets at mets.com/pride.
In previous years the team has offered commemorative Mets Pride T-Shirts and pre-game entertainment outside of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. Same-sex couples have typically been featured on the kiss cam on Pride night.
While the Mets have drawn praise for hosting the annual Pride event, the team has also sparked criticism for its ties to the fast food chain Chick-fil-A, which has donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBTQ politicians and organizations.
In 2019 the team placed large Chick-fil-A advertisements on each foul pole in a move that prompted fans to blast the team — not only for embracing an anti-LGBTQ fast food giant but also for obstructing the view with the bulky ads.
The team’s Pride night event is scheduled one week to the day after the Yankees welcomed the recipients of the annual Yankees-Stonewall scholarship program for five LGBTQ high school students across the city.
The first game of the Mets’ June 25 doubleheader will begin at 4:10 p.m. and the nightcap is slated for 7:40 p.m.