|Team logo Cap insignia|
Division Eastern Division
|Current Class A|
League titles (0) None
Ballpark Fifth Third Field (2000–)
|Current Cincinnati Reds (1999–present)|
Previous Chicago Cubs (1995–1998) Kansas City Royals (1993–1994) Montreal Expos (1988–1992)
Leagues Minor League Baseball, Minor League Baseball Class A, National League East, Midwest League
National anthem dayton dragons baseball
The Dayton Dragons are a Class A minor league baseball team playing in the Midwest League based in Dayton, Ohio. The Dragons are affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds. Their home stadium is Fifth Third Field. In 2011, they broke the record for most consecutive sellouts by a professional sports team, selling out their 815th consecutive game, breaking the record formerly held by the Portland Trail Blazers.
- National anthem dayton dragons baseball
- More to the dayton dragons than baseball
- Fifth Third Field
- Major league alumni
The Dragons came to Dayton in 2000. They were previously a franchise based in Rockford, Illinois, and were called the Rockford Expos (1988–1992), Rockford Royals (1993–1994), Rockford Cubbies (1995–1998), and Rockford Reds (1999).
More to the dayton dragons than baseball
Fifth Third Field
The team's home park is Fifth Third Field in Dayton. During its first season the Dragons set a class A baseball attendance record of 581,853. Dayton broke that record in 2003 when 590,382 fans—ranking seventh in all of minor league baseball—went through the turnstiles, and again in 2004 with 593,663 paying fans.
The Dragons average 8,375 fans per game, or 116% of capacity. The Dragons have been the top Class A team in attendance every year of their existence, and have set and re-broken the record for Class A attendance three times. On April 17, 2007, the Dragons enjoyed their 500th consecutive sellout.
On July 9, 2011, the Dragons officially set a new record of 815 consecutive sellout games. The sellout streak is the longest across all professional sports in the US, passing the previous record set by the Portland Trail Blazers from 1977–1995. On May 10, 2014, the streak of consecutive sellouts reached 1,000 games. According to the official team website, every game in the team's 15-year existence has been a sellout. The Dragons consecutive game sell-out streak has continued through the 2016 season. The streak now stands at 1,188 consecutive sold-out games, an all-time record for sports in North America.
In Summer of 2014 founding ownership group Mandalay Baseball Properties sold the team to Palisades Arcadia Baseball LLC.
Major league alumni
Sixty-seven Dragons players have gone on to play in MLB since the team's move to Dayton in 2000. The following are notable players whose minor league career included playing for the Dayton Dragons, including the years they played in Dayton.
The Dragons have had nine managers in their history:
All Dragons home and road games are broadcast on radio on 980 WONE, with Tom Nichols as the broadcaster. The broadcasts are also available via the internet at daytondragons.com and wone.com and on mobile devices via the Dragons mobile app.
The Dragons began televising games on WHIO-TV digital channel 7.2 (Time Warner Cable channels 23 and 372) on April 9, 2009, eventually airing 25 games per season. Tom Nichols handled the play-by-play. Guest color commentators in 2014 included Billy Hamilton, Ken Griffey Sr., Ron Oester, Bill Doran, Doug Bair, Todd Benzinger, Hal McCoy, Josh Hall, and Chris Sexton among others. Starting with the April 9. 2016 home opener, telecasts have moved to WBDT, which will air 25 home games per season.