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Michael Sam energized the LGBT community and the sports world when he became the first out gay football player to be signed to an NFL team. Now, as his team, the St. Louis Rams, comes to Florida for two consecutive games, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Miami Dolphins, the Rams’ respective opponents, want to cement its commitment to all of its fans, including fans from the LGBT community.



The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be hosting an LGBT-driven event, inclusive of all fans and family-friendly, before and during the September 14 matchup against the Rams at Raymond James Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 4:05 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in bulk if interested groups and organizations wish; the first 20 groups of 50 or more will receive 10 complimentary T-shirts provided by Barefoot Refresh, and each adult will receive a $10 concession voucher. Groups of like-minded fans will be sat together whenever possible. Tickets range from $40 in the upper level to $130 in Stadium Club. There will also be an LGBT-inclusive tailgate in Lot 14 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. People are encouraged to bring their own food and drinks to the tailgate. The Buccaneers, the You Can Play Project, Barefoot Refresh and MBA Orlando will all have booths set up and will be hosting giveaways and fun activities. For each ticket purchased, $5 will be donated to the You Can Play project, aimed at wiping out homophobia in sports. To purchase tickets, contact Bree Parker in Tampa at (813) 870-2700 x2213; Katelyn Lea in Orlando at (813) 870-2700 x2578; and Ryan Popovich in Sarasota at (813) 870-2700 x2572.



The St. Louis Rams will also playing the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium in the final preseason game of the year coming up on August 28! Kickoff time is set for 7:00 p.m. and the Dolphins’ head office has offered a special deal to supporters of the World OutGames Miami 2017. If you would like to buy a ticket and sit with Dolphins fans and World OutGames supporters, prices for the upper level start at $25 and the lower level prices start at $75. A portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to LGBT initiatives in South Florida, such as the World OutGames. If you have questions about tickets or payment, please call Steve Adkins at (305) 673-4440. For other questions relating to ticket sale deals for your group, call the Dolphins group sales office at (305) 943-1536 (ask for Aki Jones) or (305) 943-6694 (ask for Goyo Perez).

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