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Defending New York-Penn League Champion State College Spikes Open Season Monday
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Summer has officially arrived in Central PA as the State College Spikes, an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, get set for Opening Night, presented by PSECU and NEWSRADIO 1390 WRSC, on Monday, June 19 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The Spikes will begin the defense of their New York-Penn League title when they host the Williamsport Crosscutters (Philadelphia Phillies). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
(Photo: 2017 State College Spikes manager Joe Kruzel. Photo courtesy of State College Spikes)
The slate of Opening Night fun includes a fantastic post-game FIREWORKS show that will light up the skies over Happy Valley. Ballpark gates will open at 6:00 p.m. for the general public and the first 2,500 fans will receive their 2017 Spikes Schedule Magnets, presented by PSECU.
Plus, Penn State Basketball Head Coach Patrick Chambers will throw out the season’s ceremonial first pitch and kids 12 and under can run the bases after the game thanks to Wonderland Charter School.
Monday’s opener kicks off a jam-packed Opening Week at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, as the Spikes return home for a three-game series against the Batavia Muckdogs (Miami Marlins) from Wednesday, June 21 through Friday, June 23. Game time is 7:05 p.m. for all three matchups.
The Opening Week schedule includes the return of Half-Craft Wednesdays, presented by 93.7 THE BUS, on the 21st, with half-price craft beers available from 6-8 p.m. and half-price 16 oz. sodas available all game long. Fans can also enjoy the first $1 Beer Thursday of the year on the 22nd, presented by BIG Froggy 101, with $1 select drafts available from 6-8 p.m.
In addition, Thursday, June 22 marks the first of four Bark in the Park Nights this season, presented by Metzger Animal Hospital and NEWSRADIO 1390 WRSC. Medlar Field at Lubrano Park will once again go to the dogs as fans can bring their favorite four-legged friend to the ballpark for canine-centric fun.
Opening Week then concludes on Friday, June 23 as the Spikes officially honor the 2016 New York-Penn League champions on Championship Celebration Night, presented by First National Bank. Gates open to the public at 6 p.m., and the first 500 fans can share in the championship spoils as they receive a Replica NYPL Championship Ring Giveaway. After the game, the festivities conclude with another fantastic FIREWORKS show, presented by Fullington Bus Company.
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