DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The NFL draft begins Thursday, with the 6th round set for Saturday. That’s when the NFL will highlight a piece of gridiron history right here in Dayton.
Monday, the City of Dayton started handing out 7,000 free tickets to their draft party. The event will take place at Triangle Park, the site of the first ever NFL game.
You read that right. The Dayton Triangles beat the Columbus Panhandles 14-0 way back in 1920.
Now, the Bengals and the NFL are honoring Dayton’s history. Mayor Nan Whaley will announce the Bengals 183rd draft pick from Triangle Park via video on April 27th.
“We will have a bunch of activities there for people to participate in. It’s a family event. It’s all football related. People will understand what it’s like going through football drills and the NFL combine,” said Stephan Marcellus, Dayton’s Recreation Division Manager.
A family can claim a maximum of 4 tickets per household. The tickets can be requested at Dayton City Hall or at the Greater Dayton, Lohrey and Northwest Recreation Centers.
“We will have food trucks available. We will have a DJ, with music playing. We want to provide that football atmosphere as much as possible,” said Marcellus.
As far as the permanent turf installation for a late summer Bengals scrimmage, the logistics are complex. But construction should start soon.
“Construction will begin on the 29th (April). Total installation is expected to be done in July,” said Marcellus.
2 NEWS will update you when more information on the scrimmage becomes available.