PLAY BALL! The Cincinnati Reds just opened their season, and our own Dayton Dragons, a High-A affiliate of the Reds, are set to begin their 23rd season of baseball in the Midwest League. The Dragons kick off their 2023 season on April 6 with a road series and play their home opener at Day Air Ballpark on Tuesday, April 11, against the Great Lakes Loons at 7:05 p.m.
The Dragons continue to be a Dayton favorite, and Day Air Ballpark is hands-down one of the best places in the country to see a baseball game! To celebrate the return of baseball to downtown Dayton, we’ve put together a short list of 5 Fun Facts about the Dragons and the 2023 season!
1. The Dragons Boast the Longest Sellout Streak in North American Professional Sports
The Dragons are one of Dayton's top attractions and one of the most successful teams in professional baseball. The Dragons have sold out a record 1,441 consecutive home games over the past 22 years–the longest sellout streak in North American professional sports! But that streak is in jeopardy as the 2023 season approaches, and the Dragons need your help to keep it alive. A variety of season ticket packages are available, including the popular Family Club options. Single game tickets are also now on sale. Check out the video above, highlighting the Dragons’ commitment to the community, and let’s show our Dragons some love in return!
2. Dragons Kids Club Offers Affordable Family Fun
The Dayton Dragons Kids Club returns for its 10th year in 2023 and offers a great family fun value. The full package of the Dragons Kids Club is just $24.99 per child and carries a total value of over $100. Each Kids Club member receives:
- Dragons home green Sunday jersey.
- Dragons insulated lunchbox.
- Dragons Sunday hat.
- Hot Head Burritos Kids meal voucher.
- Two (2) Dragons game tickets.
- Dragons activity booklet.
- The chance to win various experiential prizes.
Parents can sign up their children online at daytondragons.com/kidsclub, in person at the Dragons Den team store during Dragons games, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 937-228-2287.
3. Downtown Dayton’s Water Street District, Home to Day Air Ballpark, is Booming!
The Dragons’ home, Day Air Ballpark, is located in the heart of the vibrant Water Street District–one of the hottest locations in Dayton! By late 2024, developers will have completed $250 million worth of projects in the area. The Water Street District is home to the newly opened AC Hotel Dayton, which will offer spectacular views of the ballpark from its rooftop restaurant, The Foundry, opening in May. You can find the Moeller Brew Barn and Lock 27 Brewing, part of the Dayton Ale Trail, next to the stadium, as well as a number of dining options within walking distance. Performing arts venues like the Schuster Center and Victoria Theatre are also located nearby. Numerous housing options are part of the Water Street District, including the newly opened Sutton and Monument apartments, and work is underway on The Delco, a residential/office/retail complex located in the former Medelsons Liquidation Outlet building.
4. The Dragons Have Partnered with Tipico Sportsbook for 2023
Tipico Sportsbook, a leading sports betting operator, and the Dragons recently unveiled the newly named Tipico Centerfield Party Deck at Day Air Ballpark, and Tipico has been named the exclusive fireworks series sponsor this season. Tipico has also introduced a welcome offer for new Ohio users to receive two Dragons game tickets and a $20 team store e-gift card. New Tipico users (up to 1,000 new customers) will receive an email from a Dragons representative with instructions on how to claim their two tickets following their first-time deposit. Details on the promotion can be found on the official site of the Dayton Dragons.
5. How Many Dragons Players Have Gone on to the Majors?
Glad you asked! To date, 131 former Dragons players have played in the Major Leagues, including 14 rookies in 2022. There were 46 former Dragons in the Major Leagues in 2022 including 23 with the Reds. A few Dragons who have gone on to notable Major League careers include Austin Kearns, Adam Dunn, Joey Votto (pictured), Homer Bailey, Jay Bruce and Johnny Cueto.
Get Your Tickets and Cheer on the Dragons!
The Dragons are scheduled to play 66 home games during the regular season. Game times are 7:05 p.m. for Tuesday through Saturday games, and Sundays are 1:05 p.m. Exceptions include Saturday, April 15 at 1:05 p.m. and Saturday, April 29 at 1:05 p.m. Gates open one hour prior to game time.
As mentioned earlier, a variety of season ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2023 season. Tickets can be purchased at the Dragons Box Office located to the left of the main entry gates at Day Air Ballpark and through the following outlets:
- Online at daytondragons.com
- By calling the Dragons Box Office at 937-228-2287
- Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 937-228-2323
The Dragons Box Office will be open throughout the season from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. On weekend game dates, the Dragons Box Office will open at 11 a.m. and close in the seventh inning. The box office will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays when the team is on the road.
Be sure to download our FREE Visit Dayton app to help you plan your trips to the ballpark. We’ll see you at the game!