This is the first part of the Spikes' three-part 2017 promotional schedule release. Click here to check out Part 2, and stay tuned for Part 3 on Wednesday, focusing on the special events and appearances coming to Central PA this summer!
State College Spikes fans can look forward to 11 "Spike-tacular" FIREWORKS shows, an array of fun theme nights, and the return of the Daily Value Promotion schedule this summer. The slate of fun, affordable family entertainment begins with Opening Night, presented by PSECU and NEWSRADIO 1390 WRSC, on Monday, June 19.
See the complete 2017 promotional schedule here!
The Spikes' 2017 regular season schedule is bookended with FIREWORKS nights after games on both Opening Night and the regular season home finale on Thursday, September 7. Fans will also be dazzled as the skies light up after 6:05 p.m. Sunday night games on July 9, July 23, July 30, August 13, August 27 and September 3.
Additional FIREWORKS shows are set to fly after 7:05 p.m. games on Friday, June 23, Monday, July 3 and Friday, August 11.
The Spikes' tradition of inventive theme nights carries into 2017 as well. Details of Salute to Conspiracy Theories Night on Wednesday, July 19 have already been uncovered, including a first pitch by D.B. Cooper, proof of flying saucers, and plenty of tinfoil hats to prevent mind control. More will be revealed to the public in the near future
Fans and their four-legged friends can also enjoy the return of the Spikes' signature Bark in the Park Nights on four different occasions this season. Metzger Animal Hospital will present opportunities for fans to bring their dogs to the park on Thursday, June 22 and Saturday, July 2, with another dog-friendly game on Tuesday, August 8 and a special "Lab-or-Day" matinee special on Monday, September 4.
Plus, fans can see the Spikes' 2016 New York-Penn League championship recognized on Friday, June 23 as part of the Championship Celebration Night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
The Spikes' 2017 theme nights will also honor our heroes throughout the season, with First Responders Appreciation Night on Monday, July 3 and Military Appreciation Night, presented by Lion Country Kia, on Sunday, July 9. Fans can also help the Spikes in the fight against breast cancer as the annual Paint the Park Pink Night, presented by Mount Nittany Health, returns on Sunday, July 30.
Sunday, July 23 will also offer two unique opportunities for fans as part of the National Hot Dog Day Celebration, featuring a Salute to the Ballpark Frank. First, fans will have the opportunity to definitively choose the superior hot dog topping by joining #TeamKetchup or #TeamMustard. In addition, fans can celebrate one of the sources of the ballpark frank on Pig in the Park Night, where pigs are invited to enjoy a ballgame compliments of the Spikes.
More highlights of the 2017 theme night schedule include:
- Bellies & Baseball Night, presented by Pregnancy Resource Clinic, on Friday, June 30
- Way Back Wednesday, featuring a retro in-game presentation, on Wednesday, July 5
- Princess Night and Daddy-Daughter Date Night with a Post-Game Family Dance on Friday, July 7
- An All-American BBQ and Country Day with a special noon start on Saturday, July 8
- Christmas in July on Tuesday, July 25
- Super Splash Day, a special noon game where Ike's Kids Zone turns into a water park, on Tuesday, August 1
- Ladies Night and Paint the Park Purple Night, presented by Home Instead Senior Care & Juniper Village at Brookline and MAJIC 99, on Thursday, August 10
- Scout Night, featuring a post-game sleepover on the field, on Friday, August 11
- Ag Night on Saturday, August 12
- Villain Night on Tuesday, August 22.
The Spikes' schedule of Community Nights, presented by CATACOMMUTE, also returns for 2017. Younger Spikes fans can enjoy a FREE Kids Zone! presented by Friends of Jake Corman during Philipsburg-Osceola Community Night on Sunday, July 23, Penns Valley Community Night on Friday, August 11, Bellefonte Community Night on Sunday, August 13, Mifflin & Juniata County Night on Saturday, August 26, and Huntingdon County Night on Sunday, August 27. In addition, the FREE Kids Zone! is available during Clearfield County Night on Friday, June 23.
The Spikes' popular slate of Daily Value Promotions returns for 2017 as well, offering fans a different money-saving promotion, giveaway or fun experience every day of the week during the season.
Fans 21 and up can enjoy $1 domestic drafts from 6-8 p.m. on Dollar Beer Thursdays, presented by BIG Froggy 101, and half-price craft beers from 6-8 p.m. on Half-Craft Wednesdays, presented by 93.7 THE BUS. Fans will also receive even more value at every Friday home game with the 4 for $44 Friday Northwest Family Value Ticket Package, presented by Northwest and MAJIC 99.
More returning daily promotions include Monday Buck Nights presented by 95.3 FM 3WZ, $2 Walking Taco Tuesdays, presented by B94.5 FM, and Scratch 'n Win Saturdays presented by P.J. Harrigan's and WOWY 97.1.
Each Sunday home game is also "Kids Day," presented by First National Bank, with a pre-game catch on the field and post-game Kids Run the Bases, presented by Wonderland Charter School. The first 250 kids 12 and under will also receive a voucher for a free hot dog, bag of chips, soda and one-time play pass in Ike's Kids Zone thanks to Dairy Queen Grill and Chill.
Single-game tickets for all 38 games on the Spikes' 2017 home schedule will go on sale Thursday, April 20 at 9 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at StateCollegeSpikes.com, by phone at (814) 272-1711, or in person at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Season Ticket memberships, Flex Books and an array of group hospitality options for the 2017 season are currently on sale by calling the Spikes at (814) 272-1711. Additional information on all club ticketing options, as well as team news and 2017 schedule information, is available at StateCollegeSpikes.com.
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