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Ticket sales to begin March 8 for Reds Futures Game in Dayton

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DAYTON, OH – The Dayton Dragons announced today that ticket sales for the Cincinnati Reds Futures Game at Fifth Third Field will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8. The game will be played at 1:35 p.m. on April 1 and will feature the Reds against a team of their top prospects from all levels of the organization. The game will open the 2017 baseball season in Dayton and lead up to the Dragons 18th Opening Night game on April 6 when they host the Lake County Captains at Fifth Third Field.

Dragons 2017 regular season single-game tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15. Tickets to the Reds Futures Game and Dragons 2017 regular season games can be purchased at the Dragons Box Office located next to the main entry gates at Fifth Third Field and through the following outlets:

On-line at daytondragons.com.

By phone by calling the Dragons Box office at (937) 228-2287; or Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at (937) 228-2323.

In person at any Miami Valley Kroger store, or any Ticketmaster outlet.

The box office will be open throughout the season from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. On weekend game dates, the box office will open at 12:00 noon and close in the seventh inning. The box office will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays when the team is on the road.

There is never a convenience charge for tickets purchased at the Dragons box office. There is also no convenience charge for tickets purchased from the Dragons by phone at (937) 228-2287 (a shipping charge is added for tickets that are mailed).

The Dragons are scheduled to play 70 home games during the regular season.

More on the Reds Futures Game on April 1

The game on April 1, 2017 will mark the second Reds “Futures Game” at Fifth Third Field, as the Reds major league club that will open their season in the National League two days later meets a select group of the top Reds prospects from Single-A, Double-A, and Triple-A. The first Reds Futures Game, played on April 4, 2009, was the first of its kind in baseball and received national media attention. Baseball America published an article titled Dayton, Reds hit on Home Run Idea as columnist Will Lingo called the event “a brilliant idea…we could all be the beneficiaries.”

The Reds defeated the Futures team, 9-6, in 2009 in a game that featured five home runs including shots by Edwin Encarnacion for the big league club and a three-run homer by then-prospect Todd Frazier, playing for the Futures Team, that landed on the roof of the concessions building in left field. Soon-to-be all-star Johnny Cueto was the starting pitcher for the Reds. The Futures Team also included Drew Stubbs, Chris Heisey, Zack Cozart, Devin Mesoraco, and Juan Francisco among others.

The Reds 2017 roster is certain to include many former Dragons. The current Reds roster includes former Dragons Joey Votto, Billy Hamilton, Homer Bailey, Tucker Barnhart, Michael Lorenzen, Robert Stephenson, Jesse Winker, Amir Garrett, Sal Romano, and Nick Travieso as well as former Dragons Cozart and Mesoraco, who played for the Reds Futures team in Dayton in the 2009 exhibition game. Some of the younger players among this group could play for the Futures Team on April 1 if they are optioned to the Minor Leagues before that date.

Former Dragons who are currently rated among the top prospects in the Reds organization include infielders Nick Senzel, Shed Long, and Gavin LaValley; outfielders Aristides Aquino and Phillip Ervin; catcher Chris Okey; and pitchers Tyler Mahle, Jackson Stephens, Ismael Guillon, and Ariel Hernandez.

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