DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Mayor Whaley says she’s glad the NFL still plans to build a turf field elsewhere in Dayton, saying that while the location hasn’t been chosen yet, next time around, the city will do its homework.
“We’ll make sure the next site is a good site before we announce it,” she says.
She says the city plans to leave the originally chosen field site at Triangle Park undisturbed after officials say a ground-penetrating radar survey found a “sizable” anomaly in the soil.
“We take seriously this issue around burial grounds and so my understanding is there were some things found, and we don’t want to disturb anything,” Whaley says.
The city says due to the possibility of Native American artifacts at the site, officials are in contact with the State Historic Preservation Office on how to proceed.
Native American historian Guy Jones was among the first to raise concerns.
Jones says he reached out to multiple city officials and spoke with one of the commissioners. He says he’s glad to hear the city and the NFL have chosen to change course.
“We’re all here together, and I mean, it’s our history. It’s not just native history. It’s our history,” he said.
Mayor Whaley says city staff remain in contact with the NFL about other ways to celebrate the league’s upcoming 100th season.
Mayor Whaley says she’s not sure if the Cincinnati Bengals still plan to have a practice in Dayton, which was expected for this summer at Triangle Park.
A Bengals spokesperson had no comment for this story.