Editor’s Note: Since this article was published, Dodgers Nation has been made aware that another couple, Fernando Saldivar and Louis Tarantino, were the first men to be married at Dodger Stadium in early March, 2016. Prior to Louis and Fernando, two women were wed at the ballpark in what is believed to be the first LGBTQ+ union at Dodger Stadium. Our apologies for the inaccurate title and our congratulations to the happy couples.
Dodger Stadium is typically dormant in January, but it’s hosting an important event later this month. Erik Braverman, the Dodgers senior vice president of marketing, communications, and broadcasting, will be marrying his partner Jonathan Cottrell.
Braverman came out publicly as gay in 2015. He expanded on how meaningful it will be to have his wedding at Dodger Stadium in a LA Times article by Bill Plaschke.
“Dodger Stadium is a place I called home for 15 years, a place I publicly came out, a place where I witnessed some amazing games, but a place I’ve never been able to utilize for myself…”
It’s a big step for a sport that as a whole, is slow to change.
It’s also a big step for the Dodgers.
At times, the organization has struggled to form strong bonds with the LGBTQ+ community.
Braverman’s wedding is another nod to Dodgers ownership attempting to improve that relationship.
The Dodgers have hosted a LGBTQ+ Night at Chavez Ravine for each of the last eight seasons. Pride hats that feature a rainbow colored version of the Dodgers famous “LA” logo in addition to other official Dodgers pride merchandise, are available for purchasing year round.
Per Plaschke’s article, the vows will be conducted on the pitcher’s mound with guests seated on the field. One of the quintessential parts of most weddings, the bar, will be hosted at the left-field pavilion. The unofficial Dodgers anthem “I Love L.A.” will play at the conclusion of the ceremony to celebrate the official union.
An important day at Dodger Stadium wouldn’t be complete without a bobblehead. Guests will receive a bobblehead with the new happy couple holding hands.
Braverman’s wedding is a significant chapter in the Dodgers efforts to be inclusive to any and all Dodgers fans.