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Dayton Dragons Extend Stadium Lease, May Jump to 'High-A' Baseball

The Dayton Dragons have an estimated economic impact of about $27 million per year, making them one of downtown Dayton's biggest draws.
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The Dayton Dragons have an estimated economic impact of about $27 million per year, making them one of downtown Dayton's biggest draws.

It's a long term deal to keep baseball in Dayton.


The City of Dayton and the Dayton Dragons have agreed to a lease extension on Day Air Ballpark.

The current lease was set to expire in 2030. Now, the team can stay to 2060.

Dragons President Robert Murphy says it's a happy marriage.

"They have been a great partner of ours, and they have always been supportive. They’re always there to assist us with any of the crazy ideas we come up with," Murphy says.

The Dragons, who are an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, will pay $300,000 for the 30 year extension, and the team is responsible for all of the ballpark’s upkeep.

The Reds have also offered the Dragons a new deal. They’ve invited Dayton to move up to a more competitive level of minor league baseball. The team could jump from Low-A to High-A this season.

Murphy says the lease extension helps provide the kind of continuity necessary to make that jump.