Dayton Flyers Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: Anthony Grant

Team Mascot: Rudy Flyer

Year Opened: 1969

Capacity: 13409

City / State: Dayton / Ohio

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy: Dayton-Xavier

Rival Team: Xavier Musketeers

The winner of the yearly matchup between Dayton and Xavier walks away with the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy. The rivalry dates back to the 1920-21 season, and the two teams have played every year since, so make sure to be in attendance when these two Buckeye State rivals square off.

Dayton Flyers vs Miami Redhawks

Rival Team: Miami Redhawks

The Miami RedHawks are one of the Flyers oldest rivals having met over 130 times. There are a lot of bragging rights on the line when these two Ohio-based rivals get together, so don’t miss it when the Flyers take on the RedHawks at UD Arena.

Arch Baron Cup

Rival Team: Saint Louis Billikens

Every year Dayton and Atlantic 10 rivals Saint Louis play for the Arch Baron Cup. The Flyers hate to lose to the Billikens since not only are bragging rights on the line but also the Arch Baron Cup. Get your tickets when Saint Louis comes to town as you’ll be in for a good one when attending a Dayton-Saint Louis game.

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Catholic Rivals

Rival Team: DePaul Blue Demons, Marquette Golden Eagles, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

The Flyers have rivalries with several Catholic schools located throughout the Midwest including DePaul, Marquette, and Notre Dame. You’ll be in for a good one when attending a matchup between Dayton and one of these three schools, so circle them on the schedule when it’s released.

Dayton Flyers Stadium Guide

In Game

Dayton is home to one of the best experiences in college hoops in large part thanks to the Flyers excellent fan support. Dayton fans go all out to support their team and on game days, and it shows as everyone inside UD Arena remains loud throughout the game. The Dayton student section is especially vocal and makes it tough for any visiting team to come away with the W. Not only are the fans at Dayton extremely vocal in their support of the Flyers they’re also very knowledgeable about their team and the game. Don’t hesitate to ask Dayton fans about the team to learn more about the Flyers during your trip to UD Arena.

In addition to incredible fan support, the UD is also home to fantastic spirit squads. The cheerleaders and the school’s mascot Rudy Flyer put on great shows during the game. The Flyer Pep Band is also top-notch and will keep the energy high throughout the game no matter what the score is making every Flyers game an unforgettable experience.

When attending a Dayton basketball game, also make sure to take some time to walk around the concourse and see all the arena has to offer. The Wall of Recognition is a must-see for any college hoops fan and honors all of best players in Flyers history. There are also several championship banners to see as well, so make sure to check them out too.

Finally, make your way to Brown Street before or after the game. Here you’ll find lots of bars and restaurants to try as well as lots of Flyers fans. Brown Street is a favorite hangout for Dayton students and fans making it the perfect place to grab some pre or postgame grub.

A trip to Dayton presents one of the best college basketball road trips in the country, so plan your trip to Dayton today.

Things to check out

Wall of Recognition

The Wall of Recognition honors the best players in Dayton basketball history and is a must-see for anyone attending a game at UD Arena. Stop by and check out the Wall of Recognition to get the full game day experience.

Championship Banners

Take some time to see the Flyers championship banners during your trip to Dayton. The banners celebrate the Flyers 1967 NCAA Finals appearance as well as the school's other NCAA Tournament appearances and Atlantic 10 titles.

Flight Deck

If you have a ticket that grants you access, then make a trip to the Flight Deck. The Flight Deck features a full bar and snacks in addition to a fantastic sports bar experience making it a great place to hang out before, during, or after the game.

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The Flyer Faithful

Dayton fans are some of the best in the country, and they go all out to support their Flyers. Whether it’s the student section or the alumni, the fans inside UD Arena cheer on their team loudly throughout the game, so enjoy the atmosphere they create at a Flyers basketball game.

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Rudy Flyer

Keep an eye out for Dayton’s mascot Rudy Flyer. You can see Rudy all around the arena during the game, and his antics will bring a smile to your face no matter how old you are making him one of the best parts of any Flyers game.

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Flyer Pep Band

The Flyer Pep Band keeps the energy inside UD Arena at a fever pitch throughout the game. No matter what the score, the pep band will work the crowd into a frenzy with their tunes.

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The Dayton cheerleaders lead the crowd in a variety of cheers including the famous “Go Dayton Flyers” cheer. Join in the cheers to get the full Flyers game day experience during your trip to Dayton.

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Fight Songs

  1. “Dayton Victory”

    Come and let your voices ring clear,
    Come to sing your praises and cheer,
    While our team’s beating
    And we’re repeating
    That “We’re for, U. of D.”

    We’re gonna win this game, you bet.
    Our banner’s proudly waving yet.
    You have a great big name,
    But to us you’re the same
    As all the other teams that we play
    Oh! when we do,
    (Oh! When we do),
    Oh! When we do,
    (Oh! When we do),
    We’re gonna make your team feel blue,
    For every victory brings its fame, you see,
    To dear old U. of D.

  2. “Loyalty”

    U.D. our hearts ring true
    For you our hope and inspiration,
    Your colors red and blue,
    They speak to us of “God and Nation,”
    Your cause we’ll e’er defend,
    Until life’s battles all are thru,
    You are the first U.
    You are the last U.
    You are the only Dayton U.

  3. “University of Dayton Alma Mater”

    On mountain high and hillside,
    O’er meadow and through dell
    In busy mart and hamlet,
    Where hearts their story tell,
    A clarion voice is ringing,
    It rises, now it falls.
    Arouse, all ye of Dayton,
    Your Alma Mater calls.

    UD, we hear you calling,
    Fidelity’s the test,
    Your sons and daughters answer from
    North, South, East and West.
    With measured tread advancing,
    Our emblem full in view,
    We sound your praise and pledge
    Our loyalty to the Red and Blue.

  4. Go Dayton Flyers

Dayton Flyers Bars & Restaurants

  1. Harrigan’s Tavern

    Hoops Food and Spirits Cocktails Stringtown Bar and Grill Cocktails Halftime Sports Pub Cocktails Irish Mikes Old Town Pub Cocktails Aggie's Sports Bar Cocktails JAMZ Bar and Grill Cocktails

    Irish bar since 1967 with pub eats & pints, memorabilia, weekly live music, many TVs & a patio.

    4070 Marshall Rd, Kettering, OH 45429, USA

    Bar website

    european - $

  2. Jimmie’s Ladder 11

    Jimmies Ladder 11

    Restored 1892 firehouse turned folksy-chic tavern, serving American chow & an extensive beer list.

    936 Brown St, Dayton, OH 45409, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. The Fieldhouse


    Lively, longtime student hangout with TV sports, fishbowl drinks, trivia nights, pizza & a jukebox.

    1126 Brown St, Dayton, OH 45409, USA

    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  4. Tank’s Bar & Grill

    Budweiser beer

    Easygoing hangout open till late, serving all-day breakfast, burgers & overstuffed deli sandwiches.

    2033 Wayne Ave, Dayton, OH 45410, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  5. Brixx Ice Company

    Gator City Sports Grille beer

    Easygoing sports bar & grill offering burgers, tacos & wings, plus views of Fifth Third Field.

    500 E 1st St, Dayton, OH 45402, USA

    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  6. Fifth Street Brewpub

    Fifth Street Brewpub

    Beer co-op in a renovated timber house with a beer garden serving gourmet pub fare & house brews.

    1600 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45403, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  7. Wheat Penny Oven and Bar

    Wheat Penny

    Rustic-chic bar & eatery creating California-style pies & Italian fare with carefully sourced meats.

    515 Wayne Ave, Dayton, OH 45410, USA

    Bar website

    italian - $$

  8. Ned Peppers Bar

    Tiki drink

    Bustling tavern offering tap beer, DJs, a dance floor, a patio with a tiki bar & live music.

    419 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  9. The Century Bar


    Extensive bourbon & whiskey offerings in a cozy, historic bar with original 19th-century details.

    18 S Jefferson St, Dayton, OH 45402, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  10. Texas Beef & Cattle Company

    Texas Beef and Cattle Company

    Savor the flavor of real South Texas meats and delicious sides when you dine at Texas Beef & Cattle Company.

    1101 W Third St, Dayton, OH 45402, USA

    Bar website

    bbq - $$

  11. Palermo’s Restaurant

    Pasta Robertos

    At Palermo's Restaurant in Kettering, OH we proudly offer Fresh Homemade Pizza and Italian Classics

    2667 S Dixie Dr, Kettering, OH 45409, USA

    Bar website

    italian - $$

  12. Chappys Tap Room and Grille


    Pub grub joins a sizable selection of craft brews at this tavern with some outdoor seating.

    7880 Washington Village Dr, Washington Township, OH 45459, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  13. Treasure Island Supper Club


    This old-fashioned fixture with a u-shaped bar features steaks, chops & seafood with familiar sides.

    4250 Chief Woods Ln, Moraine, OH 45439, USA

    Bar website

    steakhouse - $$

  14. Benjamin’s the Burger Master


    Homey burger joint with antique decor offers signature patties, ribs & wings, plus lunch specials.

    1000 N Main St, Dayton, OH 45405, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  15. Grandma’s II Restaurant


    Generous plates of homestyle breakfast & lunch fare are the draw at this time-tested, casual eatery.

    1610 N Main St, Dayton, OH 45405, USA

    Bar website

    american - $