Celebrating Pride in August With The Saint Paul Saints

Photo by Randy Stern
Photo by Randy Stern

Last season, the Saint Paul Saints were elevated to become part of Major League Baseball’s Player Development Leagues. In turn, they became the Minnesota Twins’ Triple-A affiliate – the last step before a player makes it to the Major Leagues. 

While this change from playing independent baseball to being a part of the Minor Leagues was a major step in the ballclub’s 30th season, the essence of the stadium experience has not changed. “Fun is Good” still a major part of the way the Saints welcome their fans at CHS Field. 

Which is why the Saints will welcome our LGBTQ fans to their Pride Night on Thursday, August 18 when they face the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, an affiliate of the New York Yankees. There is a ticket package where fans will receive a Saints’ Pride edition fanny pack with their ticket. Yes, folks, fanny packs are back! 

Photo by Randy Stern

What will fans expect when they come to CHS Field for the Saints’ Pride Night? There will be several community organizations setting up tables around CHS Field. These organizations include Brave Bear, the North Star Gay Rodeo Association, the Ladies of the Lake – among a few to be named later. 

According to Sierra Bailey, the Saints’ Vice President of the Brand Marketing & Experience, it will be “a night of fun, laughter, and sense of community.” In other words, “Fun Is Good” for us, too! 

For those of you who have never been to a Saints’ game – going back to the former Midway Stadium in the Energy Park area of Saint Paul – Bailey explains that “’Fun is Good’ means that our staff is committed to making sure fans have an amazing experience at affordable prices. To the Saints, fans come first and providing premier customer service is our number one goal. Every fan matters and is important in creating the Saints community atmosphere. And while we’re doing that, we’re going to be providing fans creative, engaging, and fun entertainment all throughout the ballpark to create lasting memories.”

One might think that since the Saints’ have moved into the Minor Leagues, there had been a lot of change at the front office. Bailey said that things “really haven’t changed a ton in terms of how we operate as a whole. The Saints have always taken, and continue to take, the ‘Fun is Good’ mantra in making it more about the overall experience and less about the baseball. Now as the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, we are able to enhance the experience for the fans even more by also have top tier talent on the field.”

So, why is it important that the Saints have a Pride Night? “It is important for the Saints to continue to be inclusive of all communities,” Bailey explained, “celebrating and highlighting what makes those communities special.”

Photo by Randy Stern

As we often stated over the years, LGBTQ people are sports fans, too. We want to be welcomed into an environment that is inviting for us to enjoy an evening at the stadium or arena. We also have a love of baseball that has not been entirely welcoming to us for decades. 

That is why the Saint Paul Saints – as well as its “big club,” the Minnesota Twins – make a concerted effort in welcoming us to CHS Field. After all, “Fun is Good.” And, we want to have fun at the ballpark, too!

Saint Paul Saints Pride Night vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre
CHS Field, Saint Paul
Thursday, August 18 – 7:07 PM
For Tickets click HERE

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