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Tampa Bay Rays dedicating Friday’s game to Pulse victims

The game - with all of the proceeds going to support the victims of Sunday's mass shooting - is sold out. More than 40,000 people are expected to pack Tropicana Field.
The game - with all of the proceeds going to support the victims of Sunday's mass shooting - is sold out. More than 40,000 people are expected to pack Tropicana Field.

Friday’s Tampa Bay Rays game is dedicated to victims of this week's deadly terrorist attack in Orlando.

And people will be out in droves to show their support.

Rays officials said the game - with all of the proceeds going to gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund to support the victims of Sunday's mass shooting - is sold out. More than 40,000 people are expected to pack Tropicana Field.

A gunman opened fire in a packed Pulse nightclub, killing 49 people and wounding 53 before he was killed.

"Friday night is our pride night," said Rays President Brian Auld. "And we saw it as an opportunity to do something that really brought us all together in the spirit of peace and unity."

To show even more support, everyone who bought a ticket, which all cost just $5, will receive a We Are Orlando T-shirt with the Rays logo sporting rainbow colors.

Also planned for tonight's game:

  • Proceeds from the team’s daily 50/50 raffle will also benefit the Pulse Victims Fund and additional donation centers will be located at the ballpark.
  • Parking will be $5 per car at all team-controlled lots.
  • OneBlood will hold blood drives at Tropicana Field starting at 4 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. for Saturday’s 4:10 game. 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.
  • There will be a video prerecorded by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. Major League Baseball’s Vice President of Social Responsibility and Inclusion Billy Bean will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and Senior Vice President, Diversity and Strategic Alliances Wendy Lewis will also be in attendance.
  • The Rays and Giants will also observe a moment of silence while the names of the Orlando shooting victims will be scrolled on the video board.

"We're really overwhelmed and proud of the way our community has responded," Auld said. "To show support for our sister city of Orlando, for the victims, for their families and for the greater LGBT community here it's really wonderful and heartwarming."

First pitch in today's Rays-San Francisco Giants game is at 7:10 p.m.

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