Throughout the 2008 season the Spikes will feature 25 different fun and crazy theme nights ranging from the Going Green Environmental series to "Salute to the Mustache Night!"
Scattered throughout the 2008 home schedule, the Spikes will host special group nights for special interest and charity groups including Girl Scout Night (June 19), Youth Group Night (June 22), Senior Citizen Night (June 29), Attorney Night (July 10), Law Enforcement Night (July 25), Firefighter Appreciation Night (August 12), and EMS Appreciation Night (August 21) to name just a few.
New to this year's special group nights will be the Center County United Way Partner Agency Series. On five nights throughout the year, different United Way Partner Agencies will be featured at Spikes games. Continued from last year, the Spikes will also feature communities throughout the Center County area with their own special group nights. Communities participating in 2008 include Mifflin and Juniata (July 11), Huntingdon (July 25), Bellefonte (July 26) and Philipsburg (July 27).
With Medlar Field at Lubrano Park being the first LEED certified baseball stadium in the country, it is fitting the club will host a series of three "Going Green Environmental Nights." Sprinkled throughout the season, the Going Green Environmental Nights will feature environmentally conscious activities including a hemp Jersey-Off-The-Back Auction, Pirates Prospect Card Sets published on recycled paper, and a re-usable grocery bag giveaway. The three Going Green Environmental Nights will fall on July 18, August 12 and September 3.
The Spikes will feature a slew of theme nights new to 2008 including "Renew Your Vows at the Ballpark Night" (July 11), "Stone Broke Student Night" (August 22) and "Night of 100 Promotions" (July 28) to name just a few. In addition, fan favorites from last year will return to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park such as "Agriculture Night" (July 3), "Negro League Tribute Night" (July 10), "Super Splash Day" (July 30) and "Bark in the Park Night" (August 6) along with many others! A brief summary of the many fun and crazy theme nights on the Spikes' 2008 Promotional Schedule are listed (in chronological order) below:
"Parrot Head Night" (Saturday, June 21 - 7:05 p.m.): Medlar Field at Lubrano Park will transform into a tropical paradise as the Spikes celebrate all things Jimmy Buffett-esque!
"Salute to Duct Tape Night" (Sunday, June 22 - 6:05 p.m.): Duct Tape fixes everything! So why not give a special salute to the gray helper that saves the day on so many occasions. Plus, where else are you going to wear that duct tape dress?
"80's Night" (Tuesday, July 1 - 7:05 p.m.): Dig out the spandex and florescent clothes, because on July 1st you'll need it all. As part of 80's night, the first 2,000 fans will receive a slinky! So find your friendship bracelets, strap on your fanny pack and come out to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park for 80's Night!
"Agriculture Night" (Thursday, July 3 - 7:05 p.m.): The Spikes will pay tribute to all things agriculture. Last year's festivities included a cow milking contest and a petting zoo and this year's promises to be equally "Aggie!"
"Golf Night" (Wednesday, July 9 - 7:05 p.m.): Try your hand with a golf club instead of a baseball bat as Medlar Field at Lubrano Park is transformed into a golfer's paradise! The first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive a golf ball as tribute to baseball's nine-hole counterpart.
"Negro League Tribute Night" (Thursday, July 10 - 7:05 p.m.): The Spikes will pay special tribute to the players in the Negro Leagues who helped baseball break through the color barrier and added so much to the game throughout the night on July 10th. Former Negro Leaguers Willie Fordham and Jim Weedon will be on hand to answer questions and share their stories.
"Renew Your Vows at the Ballpark" (Friday, July 11 - 7:05 p.m.): Come renew your marriage vows at a special ceremony before the Spikes take on the Hudson Valley Renegades at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Art in the Park will also be the theme throughout the concourse to celebrate the State College Arts Fest.
"Beach Party Night" (Wednesday, July 16 - 7:05 p.m.): Throw on the flip flops and sun screen and come out to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park to celebrate Beach Party Night. The first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive a floppy hat to complete their beach ensemble. You'll almost be able to smell the ocean with the beach activities throughout the concourse!
"Superhero Night" (Thursday, July 17 - 7:05 p.m.): Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman and all the others are welcome here! Come out to the ballpark dressed as your favorite superhero on July 17th to cheer on the Super Spikes as they play Tri-City ValleyCats.
"Bike Night" (Sunday, July 20 - 6:05 p.m.): Fire up the Hog and bring it on down to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The Spikes will pay special tribute to all things motorcycle throughout the evening!
"Salute to the Mustache" (Friday, July 25 - 7:05 p.m.): No matter what your style...the walrus, the fu manchu or the handlebar, the Spikes will pay special salute to the mustache on July 25th. Famous mustaches from the world of sports and all over the globe will be featured as the Spikes take on the Batavia Muck Dogs.
"Ladies Night" (Sunday, July 27 - 6:05 p.m.): The Spikes will focus on making their female fans feel especially honored as they host Ladies Night on July 27th. Prior to the game, ladies will have the opportunity to participate in the Spikes Ladies Clinic and get baseball pointers from the Spikes!
"Night of 100 Promotions/70's Night" (Monday, July 28 - 7:05 p.m.): July 28th will be jam-packed with fun. Medlar Field at Lubrano Park will become a 1970's flashback. Disco music, platform shoes and all, the concourse will be decked out with a 70's flare. During the game, fans can expect to see a special feat...100 promotions all in night! Few are brave enough to try it, but the Spikes will go to great lengths to entertain their fans!
"Super Splash Day" (Wednesday, July 30 - 12:00 Noon): Medlar Field at Lubrano Park will be transformed into a summer water park! Come dressed to get wet and spend an afternoon in the sun with the Spikes!
"Bark in the Park" (Wednesday, August 6 - 7:05 p.m.): During the "Dog Days of Summer" the Spikes will host a special night for man's best friend. Spikes fans will be able to bring their four-legged family members to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park to bark on the Spikes!
"Wear Your Scrubs to the Ballpark" (Friday, August 8 - 7:05 p.m.): With the hard-working medical staff in mind, the Spikes are hold a night just for them. No need to change, come straight to the ballpark from work and wear your scrubs!
"Paint the Park Pink Night" (Wednesday, August 13 - 7:05 p.m.): In honor of breast cancer awareness, the Spikes will paint Medlar Field at Lubrano Park pink! Even the Spikes will be playing in pink jerseys, which will be auctioned off after the game, with the proceeds going to breast cancer research.
"Singles Night" (Thursday, August 14 - 7:05 p.m.): What better way to find the love of your life, than at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park's singles Night? Come watch the Spikes take on the Staten Island Yankees with other singles!
"International Night" (Sunday, August 17 - 6:05 p.m.): The Spikes will pay special tribute to all the nationalities that contribute to the game of baseball. Pre-game entertainment will include special dance performances from international groups.
"Stone Broke College Student Night" (Thursday, August 28 - 7:05 p.m.): The Spikes are taking special care of area college students as they head back to classes at the beginning of the school year, with special discounts and giveaways on Stone Broke College Student Night.
"Football Madness" (Friday, August 29 - 7:05 p.m.): Since we paid tribute to our nine-hole counterpart, it only seems fair to have a special night dedicated to our four-quarter counterpart! August 29th will be centered around the pig skin as college football gets started up again.
"Salute to Animal House" (Tuesday, September 2 - 7:05 p.m.): As the students get settled back into the classroom routine, the Spikes will salute the famous college movie Animal House. In addition, September 2nd they will also be featuring their Pimp Your Dorm Room Giveaway!
Single-game tickets for the Spikes' 2008 season will go on sale to the general public this Saturday, March 29th, beginning at 9 a.m. through the Spikes Ticket Office and on-line at www.statecollegespikes.com. To mark the first day of individual ticket sales, the Spikes will hold their annual TicketPalooza event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. This free event, which will be held at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, features samples from the 2008 Spikes menu, ballpark tours, on-field games and National Anthem Tryouts for the 2008 Spikes season. For complete information regarding the Spikes TicketPalooza 2008, as well as a complete list of activities, fans can visit www.statecollegespikes.com.