Going to a Dayton’s Dragon game is a one-of-a-kind experience, but one thing’s for sure -- whether you’re a baseball fanatic or someone who’s less enthused about the sport, a game at Fifth Third Field has something for everyone.
Here's how to make the most of it.
The team’s primary mascots Heater and Gem will be all over the stadium 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.
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Coolest of all: you can play tug-of-war with them on the field. If you win, you’ll take home a Dragons t-shirt.
The following signature elements of the Dragons experience will return for another season in 2017.
- Toddler Races
- Retirement Village People
- Mini-Dugout Dancers
- Dragons Drumline
- Dragons Organist Jimmy Keys
The Green Team
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 dance or reach for a T-shirt.
The Dragons feature national entertainment each season that you should definitely check out.
National entertainment acts have been booked to perform at 11 Dragons games this season at Fifth Third Field.
BirdZerk! will make his return to Fifth Third Field on June 3. BirdZerk! is well-known for skits that revolve around pranks on players and umpires and acrobatic, synchronized dances. In 2008, BirdZerk! was named as the top minor league baseball promotional act by CNBC sports business columnist Darren Rovell.
The Russian Bar Trio is a Canadian group featuring Marco Diekmann, Christine Bedard, and Yves Gagnon. Initially part of a circus company, two members of the group carry a 30-foot long, 4-inch wide Russian Bar, while the third performs acrobatic flips in the air and lands on the bar. Since appearing on Seasons 3 and 11 of America’s Got Talent, the trio has performed at festivals around the world, NBA half-time shows, and worked for several circus companies, including Cirque du Soleil. They will be at Fifth Third Field on April 30.
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 stadiums. They will perform at Fifth Third Field for the second straight season on May 21 and August 6.
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 Ken Giraffey, Jr., LeBronco James, and Nolan Rhino. The ZOOperstars will perform on June 4.
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 July 1.
The Team Zoom Canine Entertainment group is already 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 May 18, June 1, July 21, and August 17.
Jake the Diamond Dog is one of the most original acts in baseball. Jake will be delivering the game ball to the pitcher, shagging foul balls, taking water and towels to the umps, playing batboy, and catching Frisbees. Jake will be at Fifth Third Field to assist the Dragons on July 9.
2017 Schedule of National Entertainment Acts at Fifth Third Field
- Sunday, April 30: Russian Bar Trio
- Thursday, May 18: Team Zoom Canine Entertainment
- Sunday, May 21: Jesse White Tumblers
- Thursday, June 1: Team Zoom Canine Entertainment
- Saturday, June 3: BirdZerk!
- Sunday, June 4: ZOOperstars
- Saturday, July 1: Xpogo Stunt Team
- Sunday, July 9: Jake the Diamond Dog
- Friday, July 21: Team Zoom Canine Entertainment
- Sunday, August 6: Jesse White Tumblers
- Thursday, August 17: Team Zoom Canine Entertainment
More than peanuts & beer
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 new food options to enjoy during ballgames this season. Items added to the menu include a crispy chicken sandwich, spicy chicken sandwich, smoked corn on the cob, elephant ear, and pizza burger. A wide assortment of Gluten free options will also be available, including sandwiches, snacks, beverages, and desserts.
...But of course, BEER
Don't miss the selection of 10 different craft beer selections at Milano’s Tap Room. The selections rotate throughout the season, and the space has a distinctly local feel modeled after Milano’s -- think big screen TVs, high-top tables, wall decor and a bar. It also has mixed drinks, fountain sodas and domestic 16 oz. cans, as well as peanuts by the bag.
Be sure to take home some gear from the Dragon’s Den gift shop. It’s got something for everyone: t-shirts, jerseys, golf shirts, hats, logo baseballs and mini bats.
What to do before & after the game?
With its downtown location, Fifth Third Field is a prime spot to check out a few places before or after the game. Here are a few of our favorites:
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