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State College Spikes Set For A One Day Name Change And More This Season

by on May 08, 2019 10:00 AM

The State College Spikes will honor one of the region's most beloved desserts on Friday, August 9, as they change their identity for the night to the “Happy Valley Grilled Stickies.”  In addition to the name change, a custom jersey will also be a part of the game with a logo celebrating the pairing of Grilled Stickies with Berkey Creamery Ice Cream.

Fans will also be able to bid on game-worn jerseys in a “Jersey-off-the-Back” Auction presented by PSECU to benefit Children’s Miracle Network.

In addition to that special night, fans can look forward to a handful of new and old park appearances throughout the season. Chris Owen, who portrayed "The Shermanator" in the 1999 film "American Pie," leads the way with an appearance on Party Like It's 1999 Night, with visits from the popular Cowboy Monkey Rodeo and Human Cannonball also on tap this summer.

Owen will be on hand to Party Like It's 1999 as he meets and greets Spikes fans and signs autographs on Sunday, June 30 as part of that night's 6:05 p.m. game. In addition, Owen will also throw out the night's ceremonial first pitch and participate in an on-field contest as part of the night's activities.

The Michigan native, who also held standout roles in other '90s movie classics like "Angus" and "October Sky," portrayed Chuck Sherman, a.k.a. "The Shermanator," in a total of four movies in the "American Pie" series.

Fans can also expect another appearance from Tim "Wild Thang" Lepard and Team GhostRiders with the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo on Saturday, August 10.

The Spikes' 2019 schedule will also feature the return of "The Bullet" David Smith Jr. to fly through the air as the Human Cannonball on Sunday, July 14. Smith's post-game blast off will take place on military appreciation night.

Finally, fans will get a chance to collect bobbleheads of three local athletic stars as Penn State wrestling great David Taylor will make a special appearance at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park to meet, greet and sign autographs for fans when his "World Champion" Bobblehead, presented to the first 1,000 fans on Saturday, August 17.

Legendary running back Blair Thomas will also be on hand when his bobblehead goes to the first 1,000 fans on Friday, July 26.

Fans will also be able to take home a Trace McSorley bobblehead on Sunday, Aug. 25.

Individual game tickets for each appearance night, as well as all 38 games on the Spikes' 2019 home schedule, will go on sale for the first time at TicketFest, scheduled for Saturday, May 11 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

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