Heater and Gem are the Dragons' beloved mascots and love to have a good time with fans. They especially like playing tug o' war.
Photo: Contributed photo
Photo: Contributed photo

Fireworks, high-flying dogs and high-flying humans part of the fun at Dragons games this week

Going to a Dayton Dragons game is a one-of-a-kind experience. Whether you’re a baseball fanatic or someone who’s just looking for a fun time, a game at Fifth Third Field offers a little something for everyone.


There are several special events and promotions happening this week:

1. Fireworks: The first special post-game fireworks show is scheduled for April 27, weather permitting

2. Stunt dogs: Team Zoom Canine Entertainment will perform during the Thursday, April 25 game.

3. The Russian Bar Trio: This incredible high-flying act has performed on Oprah, Ellen, and America’s Got Talent. They will appear at Fifth Third Field on April 26.

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That's how they roll: Heater and Gem with some young Dragons fans. CONTRIBUTED


The team’s beloved mascots Heater and Gem will be all over the ballpark to keep you entertained. Bring the kids to stop to say hello, get a picture or give a hug — these lovable characters are always ready to spend a little time with you. 

Other ballpark characters, Wink, Roofman, and ATMO, will perform at select games.

Members of the Dayton Dragons Green Team get fans fired up on Opening Day -- Saturday, April 9, at Fifth Third Field. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD
Photo: E.L. Hubbard

The Dragons have their own entertainment staff, which works to keep you hyped up and on your feet throughout the game. The Green Team organizes the in-game skits, a Dragons fan favorite. The skits are family-friendly, funny, and best of all, get you involved. Get ready to let loose. You might even get a free T-shirt.

Popular entertainment returns including:

• Toddler Races 

• Retirement Village People 

• Mini-Dugout Dancers 

• Dragons Organist Jimmy Keys

The Dayton Dragons have added a fireworks show after their game on July 4, 2018. (Contributed photo by Nick Falzerano)


The Dragons will conduct six fireworks shows during the 2019 season, presented by Associated  Builders and Contractors. Fireworks can be enjoyed following games:

• Saturday, April 27 

• Saturday, May 11

• Saturday, June 1

• Friday, June 21

• Saturday, August 10

• Saturday, August 31. 

Fans are also invited to attend the Dragons game on Wednesday, July 3 and enjoy 

the City of Dayton’s annual Fireworks Spectacular after the game at 10 p.m.

BirdZerk! is back for more antics this Dayton Dragons season. CONTRIBUTED


The Dragons aren’t just about baseball. National entertainment acts have been booked to perform at 12 Dragons games this season at Fifth Third Field. The special entertainment schedule includes the first appearance with the Dragons of the Amazing Tyler, an incredible balancing act that has entertained sports audiences for eight years. It also includes the nationally-acclaimed comedy dog thrill show, Mutts Gone Nuts. The schedule includes the return to Fifth Third Field of the ZooperStars,

the Jesse White Tumblers, the Xpogo Stunt Team, BirdZerk!, the Russian Bar Trio, and multiple appearances by Team Zoom Canine Entertainment. 

• Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m.: Team Zoom Canine Entertainment 

• Friday, April 26, 7 p.m.: Russian Bar Trio 

• Saturday, May 11, 7 p.m.: Jesse White Tumblers 

• Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m.: Team Zoom Canine Entertainment 

• Thursday, May 30, 7 p.m.: Team Zoom Canine Entertainment 

• Sunday, June 2, 2 p.m.: Mutts Gone Nuts 

• Saturday, June 8, 7 p.m.: Jesse White Tumblers 

• Thursday, June 20, 7 p.m.: Team Zoom Canine Entertainment

• Saturday, July 6, 7 p.m.: Amazing Tyler 

• Sunday, August 11, 2 p.m.: Xpogo 

• Thursday, August 22, 7 p.m.: BirdZerk! 

• Friday, August 23, 7 p.m.: ZOOperstars

Special guests are always part of the fun at a Dayton Dragons game. CONTRIBUTED

Here’s more info about each group:

The Russian Bar Trio is an incredible high-flying act that has performed on Oprah, Ellen, and America’s Got Talent. They will appear at Fifth Third Field on April 26. 

The Jesse White Tumblers are known worldwide and have been performing since 1959. Their acrobatic show has been part of two Presidential Parades and has been seen in numerous NFL, NBA, and MLB venues. They will perform at Fifth Third Field on May 11 and again on June 8. 

Mutts Gone Nuts features high flying frisbee dogs, tightwire dogs, dancing dogs, magic dogs and more. The act has appeared on The View. This act will appear at Fifth Third Field on June 2. 

Amazing Tyler will make his first appearance at Fifth Third Field in 2019. This “amazing” performer has entertained fans at sports venues for eight years, balancing wheelbarrows, bikes, ladders, and much more on his face while at the same time dancing to music and engaging the crowd. He will appear at the Dragons game on July 6. 

The Xpogo Stunt Team is the top pogo performance team in the world, flying nine feet in the air and engaging the crowd with flips and tricks. They will visit Fifth Third Field on August 11. 

BirdZerk! is well-known for skits that revolve around pranks on players and umpires and acrobatic, synchronized dances. BirdZerk! will visit Fifth Third Field on August 22. 

The ZOOperstars have become a fan favorite at Fifth Third Field based on past performances. These hilarious inflatable characters are based on sports figures with an animal resemblance, such as Clammy Sosa, Cow Ripken, and Ken Giraffey, Jr. The ZOOperstars will perform on August 23. 

The Team Zoom canine entertainment group is also a fan favorite at Fifth Third Field. These unbelievably athletic dogs will perform death-defying leaps and unique tricks at incredible speeds. They will perform four times this season at Fifth Third Field, entertaining Dragons fans on April 25, May 23, May 30, and June 20.

Hungry? The stadium has plenty to eat whether you’re snacking, need a cold drink or in the mood for something big and hearty. 

Dragons fans will have an assortment of tasty food options to enjoy during ballgames this season. Sure, there are hot dogs, brats and burgers, but there are also nachos, cheesesteaks, cheesesteak nachos, burrito bowls, brisket, pulled pork, shredded chicken, grilled chicken and more.

And there’s ice cream!

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The Dayton Dragons’ 11th Annual Great American Beer Tasting, presented by Heidelberg Distributing, took place at Fifth Third Field on Saturday, Aug. 11. There were 100 beers available for sampling, the biggest number and widest variety of beers in Great American Beer Tasting history. And the backdrop of the ballpark a major bonus. E.L. HUBBARD/CONTRIBUTED


Beer by the bottle, can and on tap, wine, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, cocktails and more.


AZEK Dragons Lair at Fifth Third Field 

The AZEK Dragons Lair is a full-service group hospitality area at Fifth Third Field. The Dragons Lair experience features an all-inclusive ticket that includes a ballpark buffet and souvenirs. It comes with game tickets and a buffet featuring grilled hamburgers, all beef hot dogs, smoked pulled chicken, smoked pulled pork, mac and cheese, southern-style baked beans, watermelon, fresh-baked cookies, and unlimited non-alcoholic drinks. A cash beer and wine bar can be added. Everyone in the group also receives a Dragons hat and Dragons T-shirt. 

Wendy’s Friends and Family 

The Dragons Wendy’s Friends & Family program includes “Dinner and a Show” at Fifth Third Field. Get a Dragons ticket, Wendy’s 4 for $4 meal voucher, 

and Dragons hat, a value of $38 for as low as $12. Each Wendy’s Friends and Family date is scheduled on a day or night that features a special entertainment act at Fifth Third Field. 

Friends and Family dates are: 

• Friday, April 26, 7 p.m. (Russian Bar Trio) 

• Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m. (Team Zoom Canine Entertainment) 

• Thursday, May 30, 7 p.m. (Team Zoom Canine Entertainment) 

• Sunday, June 2, 2 p.m. (Mutts Gone Nuts) 

• Saturday, June 8, 7 p.m. (Jesse White Tumblers) 

• Saturday, July 6, 7 p.m. (Amazing Tyler) 

• Sunday, August 11, 2 p.m. (Xpogo) 

• Friday, August 23, 7 p.m. (ZOOperstars)

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Want to go?

WHAT: Dayton Dragons game

WHERE: Fifth Third Field, 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton

COST: Ticket prices vary based on single-ticket purchasing and family packages. Visit daytondragons.com for pricing, more info, and to buy tickets

INFO: daytondragons.com