NFL to build new field at Dayton park where first game was played

The NFL Foundation today announced it will build a new turf field in Dayton to recognize the city’s contribution to America’s most popular sport.

The first NFL game was played at Triangle Park on Oct. 3, 1920, between the Dayton Triangles and the Columbus Panhandles.

The National Football League is celebrating the nearly 100-year history of the sport by hosting telecasts in Dayton and the other “original towns” during the NFL draft.

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The NFL Foundation will pay to install a new artificial turf field in the city and will make donations in support of local youth football programs.

“This is a really special moment for our city,” said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley in a statement. “We’re excited that the NFL is recognizing the places that were there in the very beginning and that they are celebrating Dayton’s special history in paving the way for the league with a donation that will leave a lasting impact in the community.”

The Cincinnati Bengals have announced they will help kick off the football league’s 100th season with a practice at Triangle Park.

The field of the first NFL game still exists. But the turf field is expected to be completed in time for the Bengals' practice, likely in late July or early August, according to

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