Soccer fans in the Gem City waited more than two decades to watch the Dayton Dynamo in action. The wait ended last weekend when the new incarnation of the team hosted Lansing United and Detroit City FC in the National Premier Soccer League regular season. Despite finishing on the wrong side of the scoreline in both contests, it was a successful weekend for the Dynamo on many fronts.
“I was pleased,” said Dayton Dynamo owner, David Sattwerwhite. “Two home games in a weekend is always tough, but our presentation, I thought, was good from a fan standpoint.”
The fans appear to agree with Sattwerwhite’s assessment. More than a thousand filed into Welcome Stadium on Friday night for the match against Lansing United. Despite the 0-2 loss, the patrons were more than satisfied with their experience.
One fan’s excitement immediately compelled him to take to Twitter in search of season tickets and merchandise.
If @daytondynamo wants to sell me season tix and a presentation jacket. I'll be at Welcome Stadium at 9 for Girls on the Run…with $$$!
— Chad Arnett (@ChadWSU) May 15, 2016
Fans were not the only ones moved to action after the Dynamo’s opening weekend in Dayton. Three prominent local businesses were so impressed with what they saw that they have approached the club about future sponsorship opportunities. The names of those businesses will not be identified until deals have been finalized.
Clearly, the Dynamo organization is doing it right, right from the start. When the results start to come (They will come. The team showed a lot of character battling back from a 0-4 halftime deficit against Detroit on Sunday), the sky will be the limit for soccer in Dayton.