State College Spikes Plan to Light up Sky and Scoreboard this Summer
By Jeff Cavanaugh
Happy Valley is a football area come Fall, but in the Summer, we are all about baseball. The State College Spikes return to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park this June with a jam-packed schedule of affordable, family fun. The Spikes, the Short-Season Single-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, have an exciting summer planned with hopes of once again bringing a championship back to Central Pennsylvania.
This season, the Spikes will host 38 nights of fun and affordable family entertainment from June 15 through September 1. And almost every game of the season, the Spikes have something special planned for their fans.
This season, the Spikes will light up the sky at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park with 12 fireworks nights – including seven Sunday night shows.
In addition to fireworks, the Spikes have some of the best giveaways and promotions that you will find anywhere in the country. Some of the highlights of this season’s promotional calendar include three bobblehead nights. On Friday, July 26, First National Bank is sponsoring a Blair Thomas Bobblehead Giveaway; and on the last two weekends of August, The Nittany Lion Inn & The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel are sponsoring two bobblehead giveaways. First, on Saturday, August 17, the first 1,000 fans will receive a David Taylor “World Champion” bobblehead; and on Sunday, August 25, the first 1,000 fans will receive a Trace McSorley bobblehead.
And if bobbleheads weren’t enough – two Spikes fans will be guaranteed to drive home with a lease on a new Kia this season! One fan at Opening Night and one fan at the regular season home finale on September 1 will win a Kia lease thanks to Lion Country Kia as part of LuCKy’s Kia Giveaway.
The Spikes will also host their first-ever National Pride Month Celebration on Friday, June 28 where the first 500 fans will receive a Spikes Pride Hat.
In addition to the fun giveaway nights, the Spikes will again host a Paint the Park Pink Night on July 28 that will include a Pink Plaid Jersey-off-the-Back Auction to benefit the Mount Nittany Health Foundation and their support of the fight against breast cancer. The first 1,000 fans will also receive a Pink Plaid Blanket.
The Spikes will also partner with PSECU to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network when, for one night only, they turn into the Happy Valley Grilled Stickies – “the tastiest team in the world” – on Friday, August 9. The one-of-a-kind Grilled Stickies’ jerseys will go up for auction to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.
The Spikes will also wear special jerseys featuring photos of dogs submitted by fans for all four Bark in the Park games. The jerseys, which will be up for bids throughout the season, are the result of a partnership with Metzger Animal Hospital. Fans can even bring their four-legged friends to the four games on June 20, July 7, August 16 and September 1.
Other highlights include the return of the always popular Cowboy Monkey Rodeo on Saturday, August 10; the Human Cannonball on Sunday, July 14; an appearance by Chris Owen, a.k.a. “The Shermanator” from American Pie, on Sunday, June 30 as part of a Party Like It’s 1999 Night; and two Super Splash Day games starting at noon on July 15 and August 1 – when Ike’s Kids Zone turns into a waterpark.
Throughout the season, the Spikes will again host the always popular “Half-Craft Wednesdays” featuring half-price craft beer drafts, wine and spirits from 6-8 p.m., as well as “Thirsty Thursdays” with $1 12 oz. domestic drafts, $2 16 oz. domestic cans and $2 Otto’s Apricot Wheat drafts from 6-8. On Tuesday nights during the season, the Spikes will offer $2 walking tacos.
Start your summer planning by checking out the State College Spikes schedule and heading out to the ballpark for a fun, affordable and memorable night!
For more information on the State College Spikes or to buy tickets for one of their upcoming games, call (814) 272-1711 or visit www.statecollegespikes.com.