DAYTON, Ohio(WDTN)- Dayton’s Triangle Park was the site of the first ever NFL game. This year, the NFL is celebrating its 100th season by honoring its 13 original towns.
Mayor Nan Whaley announced the Cincinnati Bengal’s sixth round pick. Bengal and non-Bengal fans alike filled Triangle Park for the historic moment.
Rain showers rolled through causing many people to leave the event early.
A groundbreaking for a new turf football field was cancelled after concerns that the location for the field could be an ancient Native American burial site. In a statement, the city said the existed for over 100 years. The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) confirmed with city officials that there are two known sites in the park where mounds once existed and remains were recovered.
“Out of an abundance of caution and respect for a concern raised this week, the City of Dayton is gathering more information before commencing construction,” officials say in a statement.
Even so, people in attendance of the Draft Day celebration were happy to be part of Dayton history.
“We decided to come out to enjoy the festivities, listen for the Bengals 6th round pick and just be part of Dayton history,” Gary Dunn, a Bengals fan, said.
Lanie McAtee, a Packers fan said, “There’s nothing else to do, it’s a rainy day. Hey, we had rain all week, it’s time get some fun in.”