Attendance has been steady this week with 4,810 on Wednesday and 5,040 on Thursday. When the 2019 season ended, the Dragons’ celebrated record sellout streak for professional sports was at 1,385. While the streak is technically over, the Dragons announced before the start of the season that they are not counting this season that has been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They plan to resume counting the sellout streak at the start of the 2022 season.
Two Dragons fans dance to the "Nutcracker Suite" between innings in the outfield grass during Wednesday night's game. Jeff Gilbert/CONTRIBUTED
Sellout or not, the players felt the increased energy. Fans on ticket plans are back in their old seats and seeing old friends. More of the suites are in use. Team mascots, Heater and Gem, throw T-shirts into the crowd from the top of the dugouts. The Green Team is back in action with between-innings fun and games with the fans.
“I thought it was super cool,” said Hurtubise, who is playing his first season in the minors. “Obviously, I’ve only heard stories about the atmosphere that Dayton creates when it is at full capacity. You could definitely tell a difference between last night and the first couple series that we’ve had here in terms of how loud it got whenever an exciting play would happen and just the overall energy going throughout the stadium.”
The Dragons conclude their series with Great Lakes on Sunday. Fort Wayne comes to town for a six-game series beginning Tuesday. The Dragons begin a 12-game road trip June 22 and will return home July 6 to begin a 12-game homestand.
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Alex McGarry’s first-inning grand slam powered the Dragons to a 6-3 win over Great Lakes on Thursday night.
Michael Siani added a two-runer homer for Dayton.
McGarry, Miguel Hernandez, James Free and Reniel Ozuna collected two hits apiece. Jacob Hurtubise had two stolen bases.
Great Lakes at Dayton, 7:05 p.m., Dayton CW, 980