Dragons Lead Class-A in Attendance Again

By Tom Nichols / Dayton Dragons | September 26, 2017 10:27 AM

Dayton, Ohio-Minor League Baseball™ has announced the final attendance rankings for all 160 teams for the 2017 season. The Dayton Dragons, a Single-A team, finished eighth in both average per date (8,038) and total attendance for the season (554,638). Nine of the top 10 clubs in the final rankings were Triple-A teams with the Dragons as the only exception.

The Dragons final attendance total ranked first among the 130 teams below the Triple-A level. The Dragons have finished in the top 10 among all Minor League Baseball clubs in each of their 18 seasons and have finished # 1 among all Single-A and Double-A teams for 12 straight years.

"The Dragons success is indeed a community-wide collaborative effort, one that everyone should be proud of," said Robert Murphy, Dayton Dragons President & General Manager. "We could not do the things that we do without the support of the Dayton community."

"The 2017 season was a good one, starting with the Reds Futures game to begin the season, our first-ever nine-inning no-hitter at Fifth Third Field, three Reds rehabs in Dayton, Jose Siri's record-breaking hitting streak, a deep run into the playoffs, great entertainment, and another sold-out season. It was a fun summer at the ballpark."

"The Dayton region should be very proud of what they have accomplished over the last 18 years. This is unprecedented. Record breaking. Amazing. And we are looking forward to another terrific year of Dayton Baseball in 2018. We are appreciative and humbled by the fan support, and we will continue to work tirelessly to keep our fans enjoying the best baseball experience in the country."

The Dragons 18 seasons of operation represent the top 18 single-season attendance totals in Single-A baseball history.

Each of the Dragons home games in 2017 resulted in a sell-out, extending the Dragons sell-out streak to 1,246 consecutive games. Every Dragons game ever played at Fifth Third Field has been a sell-out.  

Minor League Baseball™ also announced that its 2017 regular season attendance total of 41,832,364 was the fifth highest total in its 117-year history (established in 1901) and the 13th consecutive year above 41 million. 

2017 Attendance Rankings (affiliated teams)


Minor League Top-10 (from among 160 teams)


Rank Club Class League Att. Avg.
1 Indianapolis Indians AAA International 641,141 9,159
2 Charlotte Knights AAA International 628,526 9,109
3 Columbus Clippers AAA International 616,059 9,060
4 Round Rock Express AAA Pacific Coast 610,681 8,724
5 Nashville Sounds AAA Pacific Coast 593,679 8,861
6 Sacramento River Cats AAA Pacific Coast 562,237 8,032
7 Lehigh Valley IronPigs AAA International 555,146 8,541
8 Dayton Dragons Midwest 554,638 8,038
9 Durham Bulls AAA International 547,841 7,716
10 El Paso Chihuahuas AAA Pacific Coast 544,668 7,894


Double-A and Single-A Top-10 (from among 130 teams)

Rank Club Class League Att. Avg.
1 Dayton Dragons A Midwest 554,638 8,038
2 Frisco RoughRiders AA Texas 470,003 6,812
3 Reading Fightin Phils AA Eastern 411,698 6,054
4 Fort Wayne TinCaps Midwest 409,253 5,931
5 Hartford Yard Goats AA Eastern 395,196 5,812
6 Kane County Cougars A Midwest 394,567 5,889
7 Birmingham Barons AA Southern 391,725 5,935
8 Richmond Flying Squirrels AA Eastern 386,185 6,034
9 West Michigan Whitecaps A Midwest 383,983 5,565
10 Tulsa Drillers AA Texas 374,976 5,597

More Information: The Dayton Dragons are the Midwest League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and play a 70-game home schedule at beautiful Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton, easily accessible from Interstate 75. Individuals and groups seeking information about Dayton Dragons group tickets, lawn tickets, the season ticket wait list, sponsorship opportunities or booking a Dragons speaker are encouraged to contact the Dragons by calling (937) 228-2287, by email at dragons@daytondragons.com, or on the web at daytondragons.com.



This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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