In 2014 at Fifth Third Field, you can expect many new and exciting things at the home of the Dayton Dragons. The Dragons' mascots, Heater and Gem, and team characters, Roofman, Wink, and ATMO, all return for the 2014 season as the Dragons continue their focus on great professional baseball, affordable family fun, unsurpassed customer service, and community involvement.
Great Family Entertainment Continues
Opening Night is Thursday, April 3. Skydivers will descend upon the playing field to signify the beginning of another year of Dragons baseball. The National Anthem will be performed by Alex Wunder of Kettering, the winner of the Dayton Daily News national anthem contest.
The Dragons entertainment department will usher in a whole new selection of skits, contests, and videos focusing on family entertainment. The "Green Team" has been rehearsing since January, spending multiple weekends at the ballpark preparing for opening night and the 2014 season.
The Dragons have upgraded their luxury suites at Fifth Third Field. The suites are being completely refurbished with new furniture, cabinetry, countertops, flooring (including carpeting and ceramic tile), sinks and new electrical and plumbing work. Suites are also being repainted. Suite amenities include heating and air-conditioning, a mini-refrigerator, an LCD flat screen TV with cable, leather furniture, high-top tables with bar stools, VIP day-of-game service on club level, semi-private restrooms and an exclusive ballpark entrance. Suites can accommodate 15-20 fans and are available for rental on a full-season or nightly basis. They also include two VIP Parking Passes.
Family and Community Events
The Dragons MVP Program
Presented by Bob Evans with additional support from WDTN-TV/Dayton's CW, Sinclair Community College.
The Dragons MVP Program, a tool for teachers, uses the marketing power of Dayton Dragons Baseball as an educational tool for fourth and fifth grade teachers, helping them motivate and reward students for success in the classroom. The use and distribution of the awards we are offering are entirely up to each teacher. Fourth and fifth grade teachers in the three-county area (Clark, Montgomery and Greene counties) receive an award kit to recognize five students in their classroom. Each of the five students selected as a Dayton Dragons MVP in their classroom will receive four tickets to a special MVP night at Fifth Third Field, a MVP certificate, tickets to a MVP field day at the park, and a uniquely designed MVP hat. In addition to these items, they also have the opportunity to have their success story highlighted, throw out a first pitch, have an on-air radio interview, and participate in an entertainment skit during a Dragons game. Each year, 900 classrooms participate, involving more than 26,000 students with 4,500 Dragons MVP winners.
Other Fifth Third Field events in 2014:
- High School Baseball at Fifth Third Field. A 17-game schedule begins April 8, giving high school players throughout the Miami Valley the opportunity to play at a professional facility.
- Vectren Community All-Star Nights: May 9, June 10, July 25, August 25
- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Home Run for Life: May 21, June 11, July 9, August 6 and 27
- MVRPC's Bike/Carpool to the Dragons Game: June 1, July 27 and August 17
- Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts Overnighters are back at Fifth Third Field. Girl Scouts night is Friday, May 9 and Boy Scout Night is slated for Friday, May 23. Local scouts spend the night at the ballpark and watch a movie on the video board.
- American Celebration nights are back in 2014 as the Dragons will spend two game nights honoring our local servicemen and women. Game dates are Saturday, June 14, and Saturday, August 16.
- Dragons Experience Youth Baseball Clinics: June 30-July 1 & July 24-25
- Bob Ross Classic High School All-Star Game: July 19
- Subway Dragons 5k: July 19
- Budweiser's Great American Beer Tasting: August 9
- Donatos Pizza Family Movie Night: August 23
- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Health and Fitness Carnival: August 17
- Kroger Baseball Buddies! Kids 7-13 can go to local Kroger store to sign up for a chance to be a Kroger Baseball Buddy. Those picked will get a Dragons items, including an authentic Dragons jersey and will get to hang out with the players in the dug-out before the game.
Dragons Season Tickets
The Dragons most popular season ticket package features 17 games over the course of the season. Fans can also purchase an eight or nine-game plan. With all packages, ticket holders will be assigned a Dragons marketing manager as their contact person with the organization to provide assistance throughout the year. Tickets start at $9.75 per game. Fans can reserve a package and take advantage of a flexible payment plan. Purchasers of the new plan will receive special Dragons limited edition season ticketholder gifts on specific giveaway nights. They will also receive first rights to playoff games and special events at Fifth Third Field including concerts.
The Best Deal in Town
The Dragons/McDonald's Friends & Family program is back for its 12th season. Fans have the option of purchasing a stadium seat ticket as part of the Friends and Family package. Lawn tickets also remain available as part of the package. On select Friends & Family game nights, fans can get a Dragons game ticket, Dragons cap, and McDonald's extra value meal, all for just $15.00 for a stadium seat ticket or $11.00 for a lawn seat. The first Friends and Family game dates are Saturday, April 5 and Saturday, April 19. Friends and Family tickets are available now at the Dragons Box Office and online at www.daytondragons.com/friends.
Dragons Kids Club is Back
For the third year in a row, young Dragons fans can join the Dragons Kids Club. For just $20, members receive two Dragons tickets, a Dragons dri-fit t-shirt, a Dragons hat, a Dragons backpack, a Free kids meal at Frisch's Big Boy, and more.
Group Ticket Options
Group ticket opportunities are also available through the Dragons, including luxury suites, party decks, seating in the Dragons Lair, on the third base side, and on the Lawn at Fifth Third Field. Special benefits are available for groups of 10 to 1,000 fans.
Bring Your Little League to Fifth Third Field
Little League outings at Fifth Third Field offer a unique experience to young players throughout the Miami Valley. Starting at just $7 a person, your Little League could participate in a pre-game parade on Fifth Third Field.
Single game tickets for the 2014 season are on sale now at the Dragons Box Office located next to the main entry gates at Fifth Third Field. The box office is open throughout the season from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. On weekend game dates, the box office will open at 12:00 noon and close following the game. The Box Office will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays when the team is on the road. Single-game tickets can be purchased in person, at the Dragons box office, any Miami Valley Kroger store, or any Ticketmaster outlet; online at daytondragons.com; or by phone by calling the Dragons Box office at (937) 228-2287 or Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at (937) 228-2323.
Dragons On The Field
- Manager Jose Nieves returns for his second year as the skipper of the Dragons. Nieves spent two seasons managing the Goodyear Reds in the Arizona League before coming to Dayton. Prior to that, he managed the Venezuela Reds in the Venezuelan Summer League in 2010.
- Tony Fossas returns for his fifth year as the Dragons pitching coach. He has led the staff from 2009-11 and 2013. In 2012, Fossas spent the summer with the Billings Mustangs in the Pioneer League. In 2011, Dragons pitchers set a Midwest League record for strikeouts. Dragons batting coach Luis Bolivar makes his debut as Dragons Hitting Coach in 2014. Boilvar, a former Dragon (2003-04), comes to Dayton after spending last year with the Arizona League Reds. Bolivar was a Midwest League All-Star in 2004 and spent eight of his nine minor league season as a player in the Reds system. He is the first former Dragons player to return to the team as a coach.
Dragons On The Air
- The Dragons will produce a 25-game television package on WHIO Digital Channel 7.2 (Channel 23 and Channel 372 on most Time Warner Cable systems). The telecasts will feature an impressive collection of guest commentators. Former star second baseman Bill Doran will provide color commentary on Opening Night. Former Reds Ron Oester, Eddie Milner, Doug Bair, and Joe Price as well as hall-of-fame writer Hal McCoy and Ohio State University broadcaster Paul Keels are among other scheduled guest commentators.
WONE 980 AM is the flagship station for Dragons radio broadcasts. Games can also be heard at www.daytondragons.com. Dragons play-by-play announcer Tom Nichols returns for his 27th season in professional baseball and is joined by broadcaster Brendan Gulick in 2014.