Graphic rendering of a newly renovated Dragons Baseball Luxury Box at Fifth Third Field.

Dragons overhaul stadium’s luxury suites

The Dayton Dragons will spend $500,000 to renovate all 30 luxury suites at Fifth Third Field.

Demolition and construction began in January, and the renovations are expected to be complete by late March, in advance of the 2014 season for Dayton’s Class A Midwest League team, Dragons officials announced Thursday. The Dragons play their first game of the season April 3.

Dragons President Robert Murphy said the project represents “a major change” for Fifth Third Field, and he called the luxury suites “a big part of the experience” at the Dragons ballpark.

Members of the Dragons’ management team regard Fifth Third field as a community asset, Murphy said. “We’re committed to keeping this facility in a pristine condition,” the team’s president said.

The improvements include new furniture, sinks, electrical and plumbing work, and flooring, including carpeting and ceramic tile. Workers on Thursday were busy installing cabinets and counter tops.

The enclosed luxury suites, which are heated and air-conditioned, have a mini-refrigerator, a flat-screen television, high-top tables with bar stools and service on the day of the game. Several catering options are available, from traditional ballpark food to more upscale fare.

Although some luxury suites are rented by corporations and other organizations for an entire season, some suites are available to the public on a nightly rental basis or on a full-season, half-season or quarter-season basis. Murphy said individuals renting a luxury suite on a nightly basis are often celebrating family reunions, landmark birthdays, or bachelor and bachelorette parties, among other special occasions.

Luxury suites accommodate 15 to 20 fans, and single-game passes cost $595 for games in April and May, and $995 for games in June through September. For information, call (937) 228-2287.

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