First home opener since the DORA formed in Hensville

DORA rules still apply during baseball season.

TOLEDO, Ohio (WNWO) - The Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area, also known as DORA, has been in Toledo since last June and is the largest in the state.

With the Mud Hens opener as one of the most crowded days in downtown Toledo, businesses are reminding people the rules still apply. Restaurants and bars in those Hensville hot spots know how busy a Mud Hens game can be.

“There are so many people down here to see the game,” said KC Saint John, the Assistant General Manager at Ye Olde Durty Bird. “It’s great, we’re right next to the stadium, it’s very exciting.”

This year will be the first home opener since the DORA was put in place downtown.

“There’s very minimal problems, it’s a lot more fun, I think we will see a lot more success with it this Mud Hens season,” said Saint John.

Already, the designated area and cups have proven to be a hit. It operates seven days a week from noon to midnight.

“We’ve distributed almost 70,000 DORA cups,” said Cindy Kerr, with ConnecToledo.

The traveling cup has changed the ballpark area by allowing people to take their drink from spot to spot.

“Adams to Summit, to Lafayette, to Erie,” said Kerr. “You can’t bring that beverage back indoors. Once it goes out, it stays out.”

Fifth Third Field is one of 23 participating DORA businesses.

“We don’t let people double fist, it’s one drink per person,” said Saint John.

DORA was intended to boost downtown development and make the area even more fun. Of course, safety is a top priority.

“We don’t let people who are overserved, who we think are overserved, have them,” said Saint John.

On the back of the DORA cup there is a number for Black & White Transportation, a cab service, if you are in need of a safe ride home.

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