Tom Nichols has been busy writing previews for the Dayton Dragons players, broken down by position: starting pitcher, bullpen, catcher, first base, second base. Today, he added shortstop. Also, here is Tom’s preview of the Dragons’ spring training schedule.

If you follow the Dragons, the Reds Class A affiliate, you know they have a long streak of sold out games. Really long. Last season, they celebrated the 1,000th consecutive sellout at Fifth Third Field. That spans every Midwest League game since the franchise moved to Dayton in 2000, including nine playoff and two All-Star games. The sellout streak is the longest all-time in North America for a professional sports franchise. They passed the NBA Portland Trail Blazers previous record of 814 sellout games (1977-95).

So  if you want to see a Dragons’ game, now would be a good chance to buy a ticket. Single-game tickets went on sale yesterday.

The Dragons’ new owners have wasted no time in setting out to improve the stadium experience. The club has been busy in recent weeks putting up a new, giant HD video scoreboard. It will be 35 feet high by 65 feet wide, making it the tallest and widest in Single-A baseball and among the top five tallest and widest in any Minor League stadium.

If you live close enough to Dayton to take in a game, I highly recommend the experience. It’s family-oriented and you get a close-up look at the players who hope some day to wear the Cincinnati Reds uniform.

7 Responses

  1. Drew

    From their website it says game tickets went on sale on March 18, however when I went to ticketmaster on the 19th it shows all games sold out…?

      • Daytonian

        While the Dragons games are wind up being sold out, there are often many open seats in the stadium, as season ticket holders do not attend all games. If you get a lawn seat, you usually can move to an empty block of seats without any interference from an usher (as long as you are not trying to sit behind home plate). Weekends make moving a bit more difficult.

  2. gaffer

    Dayton was loaded last year, mostly on the mound. Looks a little sparce this year but this is the place most top prospects made their bones (Dunn, Bruce, Cueto, etc), so lets hope a few do the same.

  3. Art Wayne Austin

    What is the tentative line-up including the new shortstop? Guess is OK based on draft position & record last year, if any?

  4. whereruklu

    This is a super ballbark, very family friendly, and not a bad seat in the place. There is always something going on, never boring. Great chance to see future Reds stars. To those trying to get tickets, good luck, but keep trying. Worth the effort.