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    Dant Clayton and Opening Day — An American Tradition

    Apr 01, 2014
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    In 1882, the Cincinnati Red Stockings (now the Cincinnati Reds) opened the first official Major League baseball season ever, with a 10-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Alleghenys. Although it was a losing effort, the Redlegs had earned the franchise a very special honor.

    From 1876 to 1989, the Cincinnati Reds were the only team to be guaranteed the first game of the season at their home field, eventually making Cincinnati and the Reds synonymous with Opening Day. And the Reds’ fans have helped make it a unique tradition.

    An annual Opening Day parade winds through the streets of Cincinnati and draws tens of thousands of people from all around the country. Fans gather in local watering holes hours before the first pitch. Countless PTO days are taken. It’s become a storied rite of passage for anyone who has ever called the Queen City home.

    Even though the Reds are no longer granted the first game of the season at Great American Ballpark (that ended in 1990), to this day, it remains a time of heritage and celebration. And Dant Clayton is proud to be a part of it.

    In 2003, the Reds were constructing a brand new stadium from scratch, and they sought out a bleacher company that truly understood the value of longevity, quality, and stability. The Reds discovered and trusted all of those qualities in Dant Clayton, and we were granted the opportunity to design and install our bleacher tradition into Great American Ballpark.

    On March 31, the Reds will take on the St. Louis Cardinals in front of 42,271 fans. From the first pitch, (thrown by Reds Hall of Fame shortstops Dave Concepcion and Barry Larkin) to the last out of the season, Dant Clayton is excited to help Reds fans root, root, root for their home team on our comfortable, quality bleachers. Let’s go Reds!