All the fanfare of opening night was there.
Face painters, balloon artists, a petting zoo and Frisbee catching stunt dogs at Fifth Third Field greeting fans to the Dragons 2013 home opener.
The only thing that was missing was cooperation from Mother Nature.
Instead of baseball, fans were serenaded with such classic hits as “Laughter in the Rain” and “Rainy Night in Georgia” as they waited for the decision amid a steady rain.
For the first time in their history, the season home opener was officially announced as rained out at 8:04 p.m. Thursday night.
Dayton will face Great Lakes in one game tonight and will make-up Thursday’s game as part of two seven inning games on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.
Many of the opening night festivities will return for tonight’s contest.
Individuals holding tickets for Thursday’s game can use them for a rain check and exchange them for a future game pending availability, according to Dragons Director of Media Relations Tom Nichols.
Pushing it back: Thursday’s scheduled Dragons pitcher, Ismael Guillon, will start tonight’s contest against the Loons.
Drew Cisco and Sal Romano will throw Saturday with Robert Stephenson closing out the weekend series on Sunday afternoon.
Whoever scores first: The Dragons enter their first homestand of the season 2-4, and in all six games whichever team got the lead first won.
In all six games, the winning team never trailed in the contest.
Starting hot: If anyone hated to see the rain, it was Dayton infielder Brent Peterson.
The 12th-round pick of the Reds out of Bakersfield, Calif., recorded hits in his first six at-bats for the Dragons to begin the year.
Peterson entered Thursday’s game 7-for-10 (.700) with two doubles and just one strikeout.