It takes a good while to start a streak. For the Dayton Dragons, it started around 2000.
Let me explain what streak I’m talking about. I’m talking about the consecutive sell-out streak that the Portland Trail Blazers have had since 1995, with 814. The Dayton Dragons, the lower-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, have tied it up on the recent series finale against the Bowling Green (KY) Hot Rods. After their trip to Indiana to play South Bend and Fort Wayne, the Dragons will be back at home, looking for Number 815.
It’s a very unique story, especially if you ask some of the workers that’s been there since the beginning. Not only do you have a broadcaster celebrating 3,000 games on air, but you have a sell out streak by a minor league team. On the top five list, you have three NBA teams in the Trail Blazers, Chicago Bulls, and the Boston Celtics, followed by the Boston Red Sox in the MLB.
Currently, Dayton’s tied with the Blazers with 814, followed by the Red Sox, and cap it all off with the Celtics and Bulls.
What makes Dayton so successful? To me, the environment is a lot different then some of the other places I’ve went to see a game. It’s aimed more towards a family-friendly environment, and it’s for a good price too. While there’s at least an eight year wait for season tickets, there’s always the Lawn Seats for $7.
The crowd is a different flavor compared to others as well. While some fanbases jump ship as soon as their team sinks, disappointment is rarely uttered in Fifth Third Field. Out of the last eight seasons, only one has been a winning season. The Dragons have also never captured a Midwest League title. While the actual team itself hasn’t been winning championship after championship, the fans still love their team nonetheless.
As an employee of the Dayton Dragons, I have to say it’s a rather laid-back place to work. Families love coming to Fifth Third Field, as well as baseball fans and dates.
The Dragons look to break Portland’s streak this Saturday, July 9th against the South Bend Silver Hawks. Hopefully the Dragons can keep it rolling past 815. The sky’s the limit for this ball club.
Source of information from the Dayton Daily News and Minor League Baseball.
Until next time,