Spikes opening night: tailgating, fireworks and good old American baseball

Cool summer nights in Lubrano Park are fast approaching. With those summer nights, comes your chance to see our favorite up-and-coming major league players as the State College Spikes officially begin their season.

Opening Night

Opening night against Williamsport is June 16 at 7:05 p.m. Fans can enter in LuCKy’s Kia Giveaway at the Lion Country Kia table for a chance to leave the park driving a 2018 Kia Forte LX. The Opening Night Pre-Game Tailgate starts at 5 p.m. Tailgate games will be set up around the stadium and beer is just $1 before the game. The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Penn State men’s basketball’s head coach Patrick Chambers, and fans can take photos with the NIT Championship Trophy won by the Nittany Lions this past season. Following the game, kids twelve and under will even be able to run the bases. A dazzling fireworks show will close the opening day festivities.

Games you don’t want to miss

June 20 is the perfect day for all dog-loving Spikes fans. At Bark in the Park, fans are encouraged to bring their dogs to the game to help cheer on the Spikes. This will be the first Bark in the Park day of the season, and you'll have a second chance to bring your furry friends to the game with you later this season!

If you’ve ever wondered what a monkey riding a dog looks like, come to the game against Batavia on June 24.  The crowd-favorite Cowboy Monkey Rodeo will be delivering a brilliant show: monkeys riding dogs, herding sheep. Following the game there will be another fireworks spectacular.

June 25 is Monday Buck Night and MillerCoors Happy Hour. All game long, hot dogs, peanuts and outfield bleacher seats cost only $1.

Before the game against Auburn on Friday, July 20, fans are able to meet the players and get autographs. The first 1,000 fans in the game will receive a poster featuring the 2018 Spikes. Saturday's game, July 21, against Auburn is Scratch n’ Win Saturday. All fans receive a scratch n’ win card. All cards are winners, but one lucky fan will win a trip to Myrtle Beach!

Who says you can’t get spooky in July? July 31 against Batavia is Halloween Night in July, complete with plenty of tricks and treats around the ballpark.

August 1 is Super Splash Day. Bring your bathing suits to the ballpark as Ike’s Kids Zone turns into a water park so all fans are able to enjoy summertime fun. With Super Splash Day falling on a Wednesday, half-off deals will be in full effect: every Wednesday, it’s half off on beer, wine and spirits, bleacher seats and soda.

August 9 against West Virginia is Paint the Park Purple Night. Fans are encouraged to wear purple to the game to promote awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. The first 1,000 fans will receive a purple reusable tote bag to help promote the cause.

The Spikes will make franchise history on August 23, as it will be the team's 500th game in franchise history. The first 500 fans in the stadium will receive a t-shirt commemorating the historic day.  The game will also be College Student 3-2-1 Night, where college students receive $3 off any ticket, $2 sodas and $1 hot dogs.

And don’t forget, every Friday at Lubrano Park is 4 for $44 Friday! 4 Diamond Club seats, 4 hot dogs and 4 sodas for $44. 

Where to get tickets?

On opening night, groups of ten or more are eligible for a special group ticket package. You can purchase tickets for all 39 home games through StateCollegeSpikes.com, or by calling (814) 272-1711.

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