The State College Spikes are packing an All-Star summer with plenty of fun, as legendary bobbleheads and two chances for fans to drive off in a Kia top a list of 16 giveaways for Spikes fans in 2018. It all starts with Opening Night, presented by PSECU and NEWSRADIO 1390 WRSC, on Saturday, June 16.
The giveaway fun starts with first of two LuCKy's Kia Giveaways, presented by Lion Country Kia, on June 16. Only one "LuCKy" fan will be guaranteed to drive away from the ballpark in their own Kia at the home opener, but everyone will have another opportunity when Lion Country Kia presents the second edition of LuCKy's Kia Giveaway at the regular season home finale on Friday, August 31 as part of Fan Appreciation Night.
The Spikes will also honor a pair of legends who rewrote the record books in Happy Valley with their very own bobbleheads this summer. On Friday, August 10, the first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a Ki-Jana Carter Bobblehead, presented by The Nittany Lion Inn & The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel and ESPN Radio 1450.
Carter, who was drafted with the number one overall pick in 1995 after helping lead the Nittany Lions to the Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl berth as part of an undefeated 1994 season, will also be appearing at the game to meet and greet fans.
Then, on Friday, August 24, the first 1,000 fans will receive a DaeSean Hamilton Bobblehead, also presented by The Nittany Lion Inn & The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel and ESPN Radio 1450. Hamilton, who was drafted in the fourth round out of Penn State by Denver just five days ago, broke the school record for receptions with 214 during his time in Happy Valley, and also served as a Production Associate with the Spikes during the 2017 season.
In addition, the night will take on special meaning, as August 24 will also be Autism Awareness Night at the ballpark, spotlighting a cause near and dear to DaeSean and the Spikes.
The Spikes' giveaway slate also includes a Schedule Magnet Giveaway presented by PSECU to the first 1,000 fans on Opening Night, as well as a Travel Mug Giveaway presented by Pregnancy Resource Clinic to the first 1,000 fans as part of Bellies & Baseball Night on Friday, June 29.
More giveaways in July include FREE Creamery Ice Cream with Military ID on Military Appreciation Night, presented by Lion Country Kia, on Sunday, July 15, as well as a Team Poster Giveaway presented by Penn State Health to the first 1,000 fans on Friday, July 20.
The poster giveaway kicks off a weekend of giveaways, as one lucky fan aged 18 or over will also win a vacation getaway to beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with the Myrtle Beach Trip Giveaway presented by VisitMyrtleBeach.com on Saturday, July 21.
The Spikes and Mount Nittany Health will then partner on the return of Paint the Park Night on Sunday, July 22, with a Pink Sunrise Shirtsey Giveaway for the first 1,000 fans that will serve as a replica of the jerseys the Spikes will wear on the field that night.
Fans can also look forward to a State "College" Shirtsey Giveaway, presented by PSECU, for the first 1,000 fans on Saturday, August 4, also serving as a replica of the jerseys the Spikes will don that evening. The Spikes will then highlight the fight against Alzheimer's disease as part of Paint the Park Purple Night on Thursday, August 9, with a Purple Reusable Tote Bag Giveaway presented by Home Instead Senior Care & Juniper Village at Brookline for the first 1,000 fans.
The summer finishes out with even more giveaways, including a 500th Game Commemorative T-Shirt Giveaway featuring a 500 T-Shirt Toss Extravaganza presented by ServiceMaster by Holobinko & Merry Maids on Thursday, August 23, a Backpack Giveaway for the first 500 fans presented by McClure Company on Saturday, August 25, and a Fanny Pack Giveaway presented by First National Bank to the first 1,000 fans on THON Night, which will take place on Thursday, August 30.
The giveaway fun also extends to the 2018 New York-Penn League All-Star Game on Tuesday, August 14, as the first 1,000 fans will receive an All-Star Koozie Giveaway presented by the Central PA Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Single-game tickets for these giveaway nights, as well as all 39 games on the Spikes' 2018 home schedule, will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 10. 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, Value Plan and Flex Book purchases, as well as 2018 schedule information and team news, are now available online at StateCollegeSpikes.com. An array of group hospitality options for the 2018 season are also currently on sale by calling the Spikes at (814) 272-1711.
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