DAYTON, Ohio(WDTN)-More than 8.4 million fans have watched the Dragons play since the franchise moved to Dayton from Illinois in 2000.
And those faithful fans packed Fifth Third field again Saturday night to watch the Dragons take on the Ft. Wayne Tin Caps, marking the team’s 1, 000 consecutive sellout.
“We want to watch the game and be great fun and look at the balloons go up and we want to hear that boat sound and we want to see the smoke from that fire,” says 5-year-old Aiden from Vandalia.
After the 5th inning, the Cincinnati Reds’ Single-A affiliate celebrated the accomplishment with a banner unveiling and a balloon launch.
Every game in Dayton’s 15-year history has been a sell-out, according to the team.
That’s not just good news for the ball park.
But, also for businesses in the area, like Brixx Ice Company, which is located directly across the street.
“On game days we definitely see an uptick in business. It’s pretty obvious, there’s so many people right across the street, so they come over to frequent our place. But, we’re a pretty good size operation, a big place. We see a lot of people,” explains Brixx Ice Company General Manager Chris Bhai.
Dragons faithful packed the restaurant before Saturday night’s game.
“It’s worth it. This is the first time we’ve been here to Brixx bar,” says Jodi Watson of Ft. Loramie.
“We like coming down. We love baseball so, it’s a lot closer than going to Cincinnati,” comments Tony Hubbard of Ft. Loramie.
“I think it’s pretty neat. You know, I’ve been in Dayton since 1969 and there never was a whole lot going on here. Just this, this is great. I mean, 1,000 games whoever would’ve thunk it,” explains George Spears of Kettering.
The official attendance for Saturday night’s game was 9,507 which is the largest crowd of the season so far.