MiLB 2019 Preview: Dayton Dragons Ready For 20 Years Of Sellouts
The is the 20th season for the low Class A Midwest League’s Dayton Dragons, and it’s expected to be the continuation of an almost unfathomable streak. The Dragons have sold out each and every one of their 1,316 home games, which is easily a record for a U.S. pro team.
The Dragons’ smallest home crowd last season was 7,216 fans. The team played in front of more fans that that on the road just six times in 67 road dates.
Dayton’s streak has been going on so long that entire major league careers have fit within the bookends of the streak. Adam Dunn, a member of the original Dragons team in 2000, went on to hit 462 home runs in a 14-year career. He has been retired for five seasons.
Last year, the Dragons ranked eighth in the minors in average attendance (7,868 fans per game), better than 23 of the 30 Triple-A teams. Among non-Triple-A teams, they drew nearly 1,000 fans more per game than any other team. Double-A Frisco was next at 6,886 fans per game.