Football fever has gripped the Dayton region. With the debut of the NCAA’s national championship game featuring state favorite Ohio State University, fans everywhere are paying homage to the Buckeyes in the hopes of a national title.
One downtown neighborhood went as far as a temporary name change to reflect their team solidarity. On Monday, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley signed a proclamation renaming the Oregon District to the “Buckeye District” from January 6 through the 12th when the Buckeyes will take on the Ducks from the University of Oregon.
In addition to the name change, several Oregon — sorry, Buckeye District — businesses are offering watch parties and specials to celebrate the big game, which starts at 8:30 p.m. Highlights include:
- Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave.: Head to the recently renovated and expanded Dublin Pub to watch the first-ever national championship game on Monday, Jan. 12. Cover charge of $10; all-you-can-eat tailgate buffet starts at 6 p.m. 224-7822
- The Oregon Buckeye Express, 336 E. Fifth St: Happy hour prices start at 4 p.m., along with half-price on the restaurant’s signature specialty pizzas (dine-in only). 223-9205
- The Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St.: Watch the Bucks take on the Ducks on the big screen and enjoy beer and food specials. 461-1101
- Salar Restaurant and Lounge, 410 E. Fifth St.: Watch the big game in the lounge and take advantage of half-priced pizza and beer specials.
Make no mistake about where the Bucks-Ducks loyalties lie in downtown Dayton! For updates on more Buckeye District action, check out the Oregon District Business Association’s Facebook page.