Day Air Ballpark
(Redirected from Fifth Third Field (Dayton))
- OPENED: April 23, 2000
- SEATING CAPACITY: 7,320, with lawn seating.
Day Air Ballpark in Dayton, OH, is the home of the Dayton Dragons, the Cincinnati Reds' High-A Central farm team. After 20 years as Fifth Third Field, its naming rights went to Day Air Credit Union in 2020 in a 10-year deal.
Construction pushed its 2000 debut a few weeks into the season. With every regular-season seat sold before even one pitch was thrown, it drew a Class A-record 581,853. Ever since, the then-Low A Dragons have led not only their level but also High-A in attendance - plus, since 2006, Double-A. Incredibly, every game has sold out as the playpen averages nearly 1,000 more than it seats. The sold-out string became the longest in U.S. professional sports history on July 9, 2011, and closed 2019 at 1,385 games.
Amid Coronavirus pandemic uncertainty, the Dragons say they "paused" the count for 2021; it will resume with the Dragons' 2022 home opener April 8th. They did count fans, though, and even with limits on attendance, 2021 reports say they again led their level and Double-A.
They passed 10 million spectators in their 18th opener - faster than any Low-A team and fourth fastest ever. The ballpark's two Midwest League All-Star Games averaged 8,824 - impressive against that event's average, but only about 800 more than its own regular games average.
Conversely, the Dragons have not been very successful on the field. In 21 seasons, they've had 13 losing seasons, twice lost 90 games in a single year, and made the playoffs only seven times in a league that, in the Affiliated Era, let half of its teams into post-season play.