Wednesday, February 2, 2011
The event leverages a strong gay and lesbian community in the San Francisco Bay Area, which includes Oakland to the east and San Jose to the south.
This is the second year in a row that the Warriors are co-hosting an LGBT community night. Last year, the event was dubbed a “slam dunk’ by the San Francisco Chronicle.
The event will allow some of the local gay basketball association to play on Oracle Arena’s court – the Warrior’s homecourt, watch the players warm up, the National Anthem will be performed by the Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus, and there will be a halftime performance by Cheer SF, a gay cheerleading squad.
In addition to Warriors work with the LGBT community, other NBA teams have worked with their local NBA team to host similar events
The Philadelphia 76ers hosted the first Gay and Lesbian community night in 2004. While the Toronto Raptors held an LGBT night dubbed Rainbow Hoops, named after a lesbian recreational basketball league in Toronto on February 23, 2007.
Tickets to the all-day events are $25 and $55, depending on where you purchase your seats. If you are interested in event details or purchasing tickets, go to the San Francisco’s Gay Basketball Association website.