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.”