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Blue Jays hosting Pride Night game Friday

The first 20,000 fans to enter the Rogers Centre on June 8, 2018, will receive a free limited-edition Blue Jays Pride Night hat. TICKETMASTER

Who’s ready for some baseball?

On Friday night, the Blue Jays will host the Baltimore Orioles for Pride Night. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

The first 20,000 fans admitted to Rogers Centre will receive a limited-edition Blue Jays Pride Hat. There will also be a lineup of Pride-themed activities for fans to enjoy, including food, photo-ops, temporary tattoos, and rainbow flag giveaways.

The Jays hosted their first Pride Night in the early 2000s. Marnie Starkman, the team’s vice-president of marketing and events, said the event is back by popular demand.

“The inspiration to host Pride Night this season came directly from our fans’ feedback, conversations with LGBTQ community groups and members, and the team’s desire to offer an inclusive and welcoming experience to all Blue Jays fans,” Starkman said.

Friday night’s pre-game ceremonies will feature 65 LGBTQ community members carrying a large rainbow flag on the field, three ceremonial first pitches by You Can Play athletes, as well as the city’s gay men’s chorus Forte performing the national anthems.