Dragons to play at Miller Park

 Check out this portion of a press release from the Class A Dayton Dragons:

DAYTON, OHIO – Dayton Dragons players will have the opportunity to play a Midwest League game in a major league ballpark in 2012.

The Dragons will battle the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, at 8:05 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, April 27, marking the first time in Dragons history that the team has played a game in a big league stadium.  The game is a Timber Rattlers home game and the finale of a three-game series.  The first two games of the set will be played in Appleton, Wisconsin.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for Dragons players,” said Dragons Executive Vice President & General Manager Gary Mayse.  “We express our thanks to the Milwaukee Brewers and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers for making this possible.  Miller Park is one of the great ballparks of our generation and I am certain that every Dragons player will appreciate the entire experience of playing in a big league facility.”

Miller Park, home of the Brewers since 2001, features a retractable roof that allows the seating area to be heated 30 degrees warmer than the outside temperature.  The Timber Rattlers have played five previous games at Miller Park (2003-’04, 2009-’11).

“Anytime the players get to play on a big league field, that is a good experience,” said Dragons manager Delino DeShields.  DeShields played at Miller Park as a member of the Chicago Cubs in 2001 and ’02.  “It is a nice ballpark, all the amenities, and of course, the roof.  When you can get out of the elements on a night when the weather isn’t great, that’s a good thing.”


That is going to be great for the Dragons. I wish they did this more for Affiliates.

You guys are missing a treat if you don’t go up the road to a couple of Dragons’ games. You sit close, see stars of the future and the between inning shennanigans are a tacky hoot!

They do do it right in Dayton. And the park is a little gem. Too bad we couldn’t have had the vision to build something larger, of course, but with similar architectural integrity and pleasingness in Cincinnati. Frisco did, Baltimoire did, even Cleveland (!) came close. We fell abysmally short with kitsch that rivals the embarrassment in Houston. With Houston, I can believe it’s a matter of taste, or lack thereof. We have taste and grace in Cincy; this ugly disaster is probably yet again a product of necessary cheapness.

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