Bill Franz

Local Professional Teams

Dayton, Ohio is home to several professional sports teams. We're represented by:

The Dayton Dragons

It’s no secret that Dayton loves baseball. This city consistently sells out Fifth Third Field to help our Dayton Dragons, a Class A team affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds,  hold tightly to their record of the longest streak of sellouts in professional sports. You can pick any sports bar in the area and likely see that familiar green D, or the menacing eyes of the Dragon logo. If you’re lucky you’ll even see Heater or Gem, the mascots, interacting with fans at community events. The Dayton Dragons came to Dayton in 2000 and have enjoyed the support of the region ever since.  

The Dayton Dutch Lions No, here in the midwest, futbol can only mean one thing - SOCCER! Dayton, Ohio is quickly becoming known as one of the gateways to Professional Soccer thanks to the Dayton Dutch Lions. In just a few short years, the Dutch Lions have established themselves as a premier development organization in the Great Lakes region. Founded in 2009, this United Soccer League team continues to grow. While their professional men's and women's teams are entertaining fans, they have taken soccer (Futbol) to the next level by engaging with the youth in the Dayton community.

The Dayton Demolition

Dayton is really heating up...just add ice. We are pleased to be the home of the Dayton Demolition, a professional hockey club. The Demolition are members of the Federal Hockey League. You can find the on-ice action just a short drive from downtown, at the iconic Hara Arena. Built in 1964, Hara Arena has been a long-standing host of fan centric events which makes it a natural choice for the excitement of hockey. With a General Admission policy for ticket holders, Demolition fans have the ability to view the action from up high to take it all in, or at the glass to feel like you’re right there with your skates on. A hockey game can be fun for the entire family, kids, teens, tweens, and even the grown-ups, too! Reserve your Dayton Demolition tickets today.

Gem City Roller Derby

Gem City Roller Derby (GCRD) is a women's flat track roller derby team based in Dayton, Ohio. It was founded in 2006, and is a full member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.  They strive to improve individual athleticism, self-discipline, and character while promoting team unity with a program that provides structured training, instruction, and competition, preparing the to represent Dayton at an international level. Gem City plays nearly year-round, fielding its competitive travel teams (Purple Reign, Violet Femmes, and Lavender Haze) from December-July, and its recreational teams (Bully Frogs, Murder Squad, and Snark Attack) from September-November.