Triangle Park (Dayton)

Triangle Park is a former American football stadium located in Dayton, Ohio. The stadium was home to the Dayton Triangles of the National Football League from 1920 to 1929. It had a capacity of 5,000 spectators. It was located at the confluence of the Great Miami River and Stillwater River. On October 3, 1920, it hosted the first NFL game against the Columbus Panhandles.[1]

Currently, Triangle Park is a park in the city of Dayton, known formally as Triangle Park Pavilion, located on 1700 Embury Park Rd., near Island Metro Park in North Dayton. Its features include both a baseball/softball diamond and a soccer field and it can be booked for special events.[2] In 2019, the NFL announced that it would build a new turf field on Triangle Park as part of its celebration of its nearly 100 year history, as well as making donations to local youth football programs. Additionally, the Cincinnati Bengals planned to host a practice on the newly constructed field in late July or early August 2019.[1] In response to the announcement by the NFL to build the new turf field, a Native American filed to halt and cease the project, to protect a supposed American Indian burial site located at Triangle Park.[3] In response, Ohio's state historic preservation office stated that the burial sites are a "considerable distance" from the proposed site of the field. Despite this, the city of Dayton announced that they would postpone breaking ground on the new field until officials could be certain that the construction would not disturb anything of historical value.[4] On May 15, 2019, the city of Dayton officially scrapped plans for the building of the turf field at Triangle Park, however, the NFL plans to still donate the turf field at another site in Dayton yet to be determined.[5]

Triangle Park
Triangle Park
LocationDayton, Ohio
Coordinates39°47′06″N 84°11′59″W / 39.785030°N 84.199596°W
OwnerDayton, Ohio
OperatorDayton Triangles
Capacity5,000 (American football)
SurfaceGrass
Tenants
Dayton Triangles

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b Frolik, Cornelius (March 26, 2019). "NFL to build new field at Dayton park where first game was played". WHIO-TV. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  2. ^ "Dayton - Triangle Park Pavilion". March 26, 2019. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "Native American objects to new football field at Triangle Park". www.whio.com. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  4. ^ "Dayton postpones turf field construction out of respect for Native American community". WDTN. April 26, 2019. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "City of Dayton calls off plans for turf field at Triangle Park". www.whio.com. May 15, 2019. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
1920 Akron Pros season

The 1920 Akron Pros season was the franchise's inaugural season with the American Professional Football Association (APFA) and twelfth total season as a team. The Pros entered the season coming off a 5–5 record in 1919 as the Akron Indians in the Ohio League. The Indians were sold to Art Ranney and Frank Nied, two businessmen, to help achieve a better record and crowd. Several representatives from the Ohio League wanted to form a new professional league; thus, the APFA was created.

Returning to the team for the 1920 season would be most of last year's team, including quarterback Fritz Pollard. The Pros also added end Bob Nash, who previously played for the Tigers, Al Garrett, and end Al Nesser of the famous Nesser brothers. They opened their regular season with a win over the Wheeling Stogies, en route to an 8–0–3 record. In week 11, the Pros traded Bob Nash—the first trade in APFA history. A meeting was held by the APFA to determine a winner, and the Pros' season concluded with the team winning the Brunswick-Balke Collender Cup for finishing first place in the APFA. The Decatur Staleys and the Buffalo All-Americans demanded the title because of the number of wins each team had.

Rip King and Fritz Pollard were named first-team all APFA and Alf Cobb was named second-team all APFA by the Rock Island Argus. The Pros only allowed 7 points all season, which was the lowest among all APFA teams. The 1920 Akron Pros are considered the first team in the history of the APFA to have an undefeated record. This changed with the 1972 rule change, however. In 2005, Pollard became the only player from the 1920 Akron Pros to be elected into the Professional Football Hall of Fame.

Triangle Park (disambiguation)

Triangle Park may refer to:

Triangle Park (Quezon City), a CBD in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Triangle Park (Newark), a proposed square in Newark, New Jersey, USA

Triangle Park (Dayton), a former sports arena and current recreational park in Dayton, Ohio, USA

Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, USA

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