State College Spikes Set for an All-Star Summer

After posting their fifth straight 40-win season, 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 won two of the last four New York-Penn League titles and are primed to once again bring the trophy back to Happy Valley.

This season, the Spikes will host 38 regular season home games from June 16 through Aug. 31 as well as the New York-Penn League All-Star Game presented by the Central PA Convention & Visitors Bureau on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

The NYPL All-Star Game is a great way for area fans to see the future stars of their favorite Major League Baseball teams right here in Central Pennsylvania. The first 1,000 fans at the All-Star Game will receive an All-Star Koozie presented by the Central PA Convention & Visitors Bureau, and there will be spectacular fireworks following the game.

As part of the All-Star Game week in State College, the Spikes will also host an All-Star Tailgate Gala presented by Reinhardt Foodservice on Monday, Aug. 13 and a Celebrity Softball Game featuring Penn State football legend Ki-Jana Carter on Tuesday afternoon. Fans will have an opportunity to meet all of the NYPL All-Stars as well as several of the Penn State legends and celebrities playing in the softball game during the course of the day. Tickets for the All-Star Tailgate Gala are available to the public, and can be purchased via the same methods as tickets for each game.

The All-Star Game is one of the 12 fireworks nights that will light up the sky at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park this summer and that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to family fun offered by the State College Spikes.

The giveaways are so good this year that two lucky Spikes fans will even be able to drive their winnings home — as one fan at Opening Night and one fan at the regular season finale is guaranteed to win a Kia thanks to Lion Country Kia as part of LuCKy’s Kia Giveaway.

Other highlights include the return of the always popular Cowboy Monkey Rodeo on Sunday, June 24; the Human Cannonball on Tuesday, July 3 presented by Boyles Insurance; four Bark in the Park games (June 20, July 1, Aug. 3, Aug. 30) where fans can bring their dogs to the ballpark; and two Super Splash Day games starting at noon on July 16 and August 1 — when Ike’s Kids Zone turns into a water park at both games.

In addition to the fun giveaway nights, the Spikes will again host a Paint the Park Pink Night on July 22 that will include a Pink Sunrise Jersey-off-the-Back Auction to benefit The Mount Nittany Health Foundation and their support of the fight against breast cancer. The Spikes will also partner with PSECU to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network with a special “Animal House Night” on Saturday, August 4 with a State “College” Sweater Jersey-off-the-Back Auction.

And of course, no promotional schedule in State College is complete without paying tribute to the Penn State Nittany Lions. On Friday, July 20, legendary PSU linebacker LaVar Arrington will make an appearance; Ki-Jana Carter will meet and greet fans and sign autographs on Friday, Aug. 10 when the first 1,000 fans that night will also get a Ki-Jana Carter Bobblehead; and on Friday, Aug. 24, there will be a DaeSean Hamilton Bobblehead giveaway.

Throughout the season, the Spikes will again host the always popular “Half Craft Wednesdays” featuring half-price craft beer drafts from 6-8 p.m., as well as $1 Beer Thursdays with $1 domestic 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! And new this season, the Spikes are offering a number of Value Plan options that range from a half-season plan to a 13-game Family Fireworks Plan to a Mug Club Plan that will include tickets to all Half-Craft Wednesdays and $1 Beer Thursdays.

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

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