March 23, 2017 at 10:05 am PDT | by Staff reports
San Diego’s Out at the Park set for April 21
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San Diego’s Out at the Park is slated for April 21 after last year’s event was marred by a technical glitch. (Photo courtesy San Diego Pride)

San Diego Pride announced plans to team up with the Padres for OUT at the Park, as the Padres take on the Miami Marlins at 7:10 pm on Friday, April 21 at Petco Park.

San Diego Pride’s event at Petco Park has been held for many years. Memorably, at last year’s event, a technical error resulted in a recorded female soloist singing the National Anthem instead of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus members who were in center field. According to a statement from San Diego Pride, “Emerging out of this incident has come a deeper dialogue between the San Diego Padres and the LGBT community, which has primed San Diego for what promises to be the best OUT at the Park to date.”

“The San Diego Padres have been amazing,” said Bob Lehman, executive director, San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus. “They partnered with our LGBT community this past year to make incredible things happen. The Padres have now set the gold standard for LGBT inclusion among all professional sports. We are so proud to return to Petco Park to sing the National Anthem together with them and our entire community.”

“The Padres are grateful to San Diego Pride and the San Diego Gay Men’s chorus for their guidance and collaboration in strengthening our relationship with the LGBT community over the past 10 months,” said Padres Vice President of Community Relations Sue Botos. “We are proud of the partnership that has grown from a series of very honest and genuine conversations, and we look forward to standing together at Petco Park in April.”

Each $25 OUT at the Park ticket purchase includes a seat in the OUT at the Park section, a commemorative Padres hat, a $5 donation to San Diego Pride or the America’s Finest City Softball League and access to the pre-game VIP space in Park at the Park.

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