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The Dayton Region has and makes available just about everything our citizens can imagine here in the Midwest. Within approximately a 60-minute drive, we offer world-class amenities in:

 

Regional Attractions

  • Fine Arts & Entertainment
  • Family Fun
  • Professional and Collegiate Sports

Major Attractions

  • Fairs and Festivals
  • Museums and Historical Sites
  • And Much More

Dayton Dragons

  • Have sold out every game since inaugural year in 2000 (nine straight seasons)
  • Now stand at 635 consecutive sellouts; on pace to sell out again in 2009
  • Total attendance of 5,356,199 fans
  • Wait list to purchase season tickets currently stands at 9,400 active names
  • In 2008, Dragons: o Averaged 8,624 fans per game
    • Had a total attendance of 601,531
    • Ranked sixth (6th) in attendance out of 160 Minor League teams
    • Earned the 2008 "Ongoing Excellence" Award from Ballpark Digest, and annual award that nationally recognizes the Minor League Baseball team that consistently performs at a high level and have no need for a turnaround

Arts/Culture/Entertainment Data

  • The Region has both quantity and quality of arts. Per capita, Dayton offers more arts organizations (85) than 79% of all similar sized cities. Additionally, the offerings are of the highest quality as represented by the highlights below.
  • The Dayton Region has more green space than any other metropolitan area its size
  • The Dayton Region ranked 33rd in the nation out of 373 metropolitan areas in arts and culture
  • Culture Works is community's largest private supplier of general operating support to the arts; conducting the only community wide united arts fundraising campaign in the region.
  • The Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center is recognized as the premiere acoustically perfect performance hall in the country.
  • Dayton Contemporary Dance Co. (DCDC) "is one of the greatest arts institutions in the nation. It's Dayton's great art export." Michael Kaiser, President, Kennedy Center
  • Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra has won the Spark (School Partners with Artists Reaching Kids) award in 2004, 2005, and 2006. In 2005, the DPO was one of two organizations nationwide to receive this award.
  • Cityfolk - 2005 winner of the CMAcclaim award given to organizations whose music has deeply impacted their community. One of two nationwide recipients in that year.
  • Muse Machine, one of 12 national participants in the partners in education program at the Kennedy Center, 2005. The program recognizes and continues to develop the relationship between schools and local arts organizations.
  • The Dayton Ballet is the second oldest dance company in the nation.
    • The Dayton Ballet is the only Ballet identified in the nation that has established a fund specifically for the creation of new works and produces a world premiere ballet every two years.
    • The Dayton Ballet is the only dance company in the nation that funds the development of new ballets
  • Greater Dayton Arts Community serves an estimated 3,000,000 audience members annually
    • Generates more than $122,000,000 in local economic activity
    • Supports 3,774 full time jobs
    • Delivers more than $8,000,000 in local and state government revenue
  • The Dayton Art Institute ranks in the top 3% of all North American art museums in 3 out of 4 measurements
 
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