Dayton Dragons top Portland Trail Blazers with new sports record

DAYTON, OH (FOX19) - There's a new sports record on the books, thanks to the Dayton Dragons.

On Saturday, the Dragons sold out their 815th consecutive game at Fifth Third Field. That's a record for a North American pro-sports franchise, topping the Portland Trail Blazers, which sold out every game from 1978 to 1995.

Founded in 2000, the Class-A Midwest League minor league baseball team and a Cincinnati Reds affiliate has sold out every home game for 11.5 straight seasons and counting.

"Our organization is very proud of this historic achievement - for our fans who are the ones buying tickets and fueling this unprecedented sellout streak, for the community of Dayton, a city that through a challenging economic climate has shown incredible resilience and has adopted the Dragons since day one, for our Dayton Dragons employees, and for our ownership group," said Robert Murphy, President, Dayton Dragons on the team's website. "This city's love affair with the team is really something special."

In selling all 7,230 seats at Fifth Third Field and averaging more than 8,400 fans for 815 straight games, the Dragons have consistently ranked in the Top 10 in attendance for all of Minor League Baseball for the past 11 seasons and have been No.1 in attendance for Class-A teams for 11 consecutive seasons.

The team will host a celebration of "The Streak" at Fifth Third Field in Dayton on July 23, which will include appearances by NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, who each own a share of the team.

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