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Official Review by Miles Markiewicz, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
The USL (United Soccer League) has three tiers of play (USL Pro, Premier Development League, and W-League). The Dayton Dutch Lions make their name in the USL Premier Development League and make their home in West Carrollton, Ohio. The team was founded in 2009. Dayton Outpatient Center (DOC) Stadium is located on the campus of West Carrollton High School. This unique small town location makes for an interesting stadium experience.
The Dutch Lions have found success in recent years, reaching the USL Pro Playoffs for the first time in 2013. They lost in the quarterfinals 1 – 0 to the Richmond Kickers. The team shares an affiliation with Columbus Crew SC. Funds and players are exchanged and strategized to maximize the on-field product of both organizations.
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The food options are similar to those at a high school football game, but with a Chick-fil-A stand included. All drinks will only cost you $2. They have fountain drinks, Dasani, Powerade, coffee, and hot chocolate.
The food options include hot dogs ($2), soft pretzels ($3), pizza ($2.50), popcorn ($1), and chips ($1). You can also purchase sunflower seeds ($1.50), beef sticks ($1.50) and candy bars ($1). The prices are really affordable, but the hot dogs don't taste very good. Chick-fil-A is your best option for some protein.
The Dayton Dutch Lions are still making strides in establishing themselves as a successful sports organization in the city. Average attendance is right around 1,000 and the fans struggle to make an impact. The PA announcer does his best to add some life to the game, but the energy just isn't there. The bleachers on the east side of the stadium are completely closed off because not enough seats are sold. High school football games on a Friday night get three times the amount of people.
That being said, the small crowds give the average fan the chance to really hear what's happening on the field. It's a neat experience to be able to hear what all of the players and coaches are saying to each other during the course of the game. Also, there are no assigned areas to sit. This opens up the opportunity to stand right up against the fence and give yourself a front row seat.
West Carrollton, Ohio is not known for its illustrious amenities, but it does succeed in providing a small town Ohio vibe. The downtown area doesn't have a lot to offer outside of insurance claims, but you can still spend some time at Holly's Country Dive. This quaint style diner offers a different special every day at an affordable price. The food is tasty and definitely worth checking out before or after the game.
Downtown Dayton is located eight miles south down I - 75. Fifth Third Field is one of the best minor league ballparks around and definitely worth checking out if you can match up the dates. The Dayton Dragons sell out their home games every year and it shows in the fantastic atmosphere.
The supporters section is called the Oranje Legion and for this particular match it consisted of only three people. They did their best to bring the passion, but the volume just wasn't there. Average attendance is right around 1,000 per game and the other half of the stadium isn't even open so all of the fans are on one side.
The team is still establishing itself in the community of Dayton so the general knowledge of players is lacking. Nobody in the stands seemed to know what the team's record was or where they stood in the standings.
The city of West Carrollton is easily accessible from I - 75. The high school campus is surrounded by neighborhoods so traffic is no problem. Also, the parking lot is easy to get to and situated right next to the gates.
With such a small crowd, there is plenty of room to move about the stands and find something to eat at the concessions.
Tickets to the game are a bit overpriced at $10. Even though it is affordable, it doesn't really match the amenities and experience of the game itself. Still, parking is free and the concessions cost next to nothing so overall it's a nice day out.
After home games the players set up an autograph session by the locker rooms. This can be a really cool experience for young fans and is completely free.
West Carrollton high school football is a big deal and they built a replica pirate ship by the scoreboard for their mascot. It's a pretty unique feature of the stadium.
Dayton Dutch Lions soccer has some work to do in the community in order to establish itself as a successful sports organization. The Dayton Dragons baseball team has attracted the majority of sports fans in this city for a long time and doesn't seem to be slowing up. The stadium location is not ideal for a professional sports team and is part of the reason why they have trouble averaging more than 1,000 fans per game.
If you happen to live in the Dayton area, especially around West Carrollton, be sure to check out this stadium and team for the community. Success can only be built with local support. Parking is free and tickets only cost $10 at the main gate. It's suitable for a night out with family and friends. The Oranje Legion of three could use some more members to cheer on the team.
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