Dayton Mayor Ben Baker issued a proclamation renaming the City of Dayton as Who Deyton, Kentucky during the Cincinnati Bengal’s 2023 Super Bowl run.
This is the second consecutive year that Baker has renamed the city Who Deyton during the NFL playoffs. Last year, the Bengals made it through the playoffs to the Super Bowl before bowing to the LA Rams, 23-20, in a hard-fought battle.
This year’s proclamation also recognizes the city’s history with the Bengals.
In 1937, the original Cincinnati Bengals professional football team, which proceeded the team we know now, held its first workout at Tacoma Park in Dayton. Its first scrimmage game was held on Sept. 27, 1937, before 2,000 fans at Dayton’s O.W. Davis Field, which still serves as the home of the Dayton High School Green Devils football team.
“Last year, after the Bengals won their first playoff game, we decided to rename our city as Who Deyton as a fun way to celebrate the Bengals’ first post-season victory in many years with our residents and the rest of the Who Deyton Nation,” Baker said. “Being a little superstitious, we thought, if it worked last year, why not try again this year.”
In addition to the mayor’s official proclamation, which he signed in orange ink, the city also has undertaken several other efforts to show support for the Bengals this week.
It changed the color of the city’s logo from green to orange and changed the home page of its website. Dayton installed exterior lights at city hall to illuminate the building in orange, posted a “Who Deyton, Let’s Go Bengals” sign at the entrance to the city, and created a video, which it posted on its Facebook and Instagram pages, and a retro Who Deyton postcard, which is available for sale at City Hall.
The City Heritage Museum also adorned its windows with Bengals memorabilia, including a cut-out of quarterback Joe Burrow.