Team: State College Spikes (New York-Penn League)
Game: Spikes vs Williamsport Crosscutters-7/21/2012
Team Website: www.statecollegespikes.com
Ticket Information: (814) 272-1711 or (877) 99-SPIKES
Tourism Information: (800) 358-5466 or www.visitpennstate.org
Online Broadcasts: WZWW-FM 95.3 www.3wz.com
Local Newspaper: Centre Daily Times www.centredaily.com
The naming rights to the park are shared with Lubrano and "Coach" Chuck Medlar, one of the athletic trainers at Penn State for 35 years, and served as the Lions' baseball coach from 1963 to 1981.
Getting There (From I-80): Take I-80 to I-99 South via Exit 161 toward US 322.Take US 322 toward Innovation Park / Penn State University. Merge onto Park Avenue and turn left onto Porter Road.
Other Tenants: Lubrano Park is also the home of the Penn State Nittany Lions baseball team.
State College has a current population of just over 42,000, and is the largest township in Centre County. The town is served by two major highways, Interstate 99 and US Route 322.
Mount Nittany is one of the area's most famous landmarks. With an elevation of over two thousand feet, it is one of the highest mountains in the state of Pennsylvania.
Nearby Airport: University Park Airport, located about five miles from State College, services the area with commuter flights on US Airways, United Express, and Delta.
What To Do: Unfortunately, I didn't get a lot of time to explore the area around State College, so I would contact your hotel or the local visitors bureau for information.
Where To Eat Before The Game: There are several fast food restaurants on South Atherton Street, where my hotel was located, and on the approach to the Penn State athletic facilities.
Ticket Prices: Spikes tickets are priced as follows: $12.00 (Diamond Club), $10.00 (field box), $8.00 (bullpen box), and $6.00 (outfield reserved).
Parking: There is plentiful parking in the area around Lubrano Park. I parked in a lot just adjacent to the main parking area for the ballpark. It was a three minute walk from my car to the main entrance, and for $3.00, it wasn't a bad deal at all.
Getting In: There are two entrances to Lubrano Park, one on each side of home plate. The entrance on the first base side was the larger one, and seemed to be the "main" one. The first base entrance brought you into a large "courtyard" which housed the customer service area, the ticket booth, anf the "Off the Rack" merchandise store.
I sampled the ballpark hot dog, which is made by Philadelphia's Dietz and Watson. It was served fairly warm and on a fresh bun. For $3.25, I don't think it was too out of the way price-wise. I also sampled the ice cream at the Sweet stand along the right field line. The ice cream was made at the Berkey Creamery, which is a well known establishment on the Penn State campus. Berkey has been featured on several shows broadcast on the Travel Channel.
Soft Drinks: The home of the Spikes serves Pepsi products.
Dance Team: None
Overall Rating: My rating is simple. Medlar Field at Lubrano Park is a gorgeous ballpark in a gorgeous setting. You can’t beat it. It’s a great place to spend a summer evening.