If you haven’t heard, the Dayton Dutch Lions are moving their home games from Bellbrook High School to West Carrollton High School. After a few years at Miami Valley South Stadium, the Dutch Lions will move to an area close to Interstate 75, a big commercialized area, and a soon-to-be completed intersection.
If you’re not a local, there’s construction in West Carrollton on I-75 to make the West Carrollton on-ramp more simpler, going to one road instead of two where you have to pull a U-Turn to get to the other direction.
Also in the books for West Carrollton High School are four practice fields, AstroTurf, and a stadium with covered seats and something to catch the drivers’ eyes from the interstate.
While Bellbrook’s field is really nice, West Carrollton’s proximity to the highway is one of the main reasons why the Lions are moving. To get to Bellbrook from I-675, one would need to take Wilmington Pike to Feedwire Road for about three miles and turn right at the school complex. It’s easier to get to WCHS, once the on-ramp opens.
I believe this will be the first professional team that will play in West Carrollton. The new stadium will draw looks from drivers, hopefully giving them enough reasons to check out the team.
It’ll be good for the Dutch Lions, and for the community of West Carrollton. It gives WCHS better fields for their athletic programs, it brings people to the area, and it will bring some jobs to an area that lost all those GM jobs long ago.
The Dayton Dutch Lions will open their season in West Carrollton in April.
Sources of information from WDTN Channel 2, uslsoccer.com, and dutchlionsfc.com.
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