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701 Porter Rd.
University Park, PA

Stadium Opened: 2006
Capacity: 6,000
Dimensions: LF- 328 ft.  CF- 403 ft.   RF- 322 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass
Former Names of Ballpark: None

Parking:

  • There are 2 lots next to the stadium
  • $3
  • No traffic getting in or out, flowed nicely

 

Food:

  • Wide variety of food- BBQ chicken, chicken fingers, fries, corn on the cob, hot dogs, hamburgers, walking tacos, ice cream (including some Dairy Queen treats - Buster Bars and Dilly Bars), Cheese Steaks, Buffalo Chicken Cheese steaks, Pizza Hut, Pretzel Nuggets w/ Cinnamon and sugar, Turkey wraps, etc.
  • The unique ballpark item was the "Endless Love Burger" which is on a donut. This is available at the Right Field Grill.
  • Cost was consistent with other minor league parks

Nice thick pretzels

 

 

Seating/Stadium Design:

  • Blue fold-down seats with cupholders. Generous amounts of legroom in the Diamond Club seating areas. Pitch of the seating bowl makes view of the field unobstructed by other fans' heads.
  • Bleachers with backs
  • High tables to stand at to eat and watch the game
  • Counter along the outfield wall in right field to eat at also.
  • Fans can get an overhead look at the bullpens

  • The right field wall is 18.55 feet high, to commemorate the founding of Penn State in 1855.
  • Added in 2011: extended netting behind dugouts......don't buy a seat behind the dugout and think you will have a clear view of the field. This addition has caused this park's score to get marked down from 4 stars in this category. When I attended a game, we specifically asked for seats behind the dugouts to avoid the net, only to find out our view was still obstructed. It was a waste of $12 tickets, since we moved to the $8 ticket area. There really should be a sign at the ticket window stating the net has been extended, since this is not the norm at most ballparks. There also should be a "seating viewer" on the team's website so that fans can see they will be behind the net if they purchase these tickets. When asked about this new obstruction, State College responded stating they know that they plan to distract fans DURING the game with their mascot, etc, so they are just being pro-active. Wow--how about focusing on the game! I can't believe they admitted that they do this......that's sad.
  • Spacious concourse
  • Seats far down the lines could be angled more towards home plate.
  • Team Store - "Off the Rack"

Atmosphere/Character:

  • Medlar Field at Lubrano Park is located on the Penn State campus next to Beaver Stadium, the famous Penn State football stadium.  Fans have a view of the football stadium looming over the grandstand and a scenic view of Mount Nittany in the distance over the outfield fence.  This stadium is very clean (almost spotless) and spacious, with wide concourse areas.  Sound effects were kept to a minimum throughout the game, as well as contests in between innings.  What sets this ballpark apart from others at this level, is the amount of space there is for eating in places other than from your seat.  Also, a unique feature of the stadium was a set of outfield bleachers.  Most Single A stadiums, and the majority of Minor League stadiums at other levels do not have outfield seating.

     

    Mascots: Ike the Spike and the Nookie Monster.

 

Recognition of Team's History and/or MLB Affiliate:

  • Nothing that I recall

Origin of Team's Name:

The name "Spikes" has a threefold meaning. The club's official logo depicts a young white-tailed deer, for whom a "spike" is an undeveloped antler, symbolic of a young team member who may develop into a Major League Baseball player. The name also refers to a railroad spike, similar to the way the name "Altoona Curve" commemorates the famous Horseshoe Curve on the Pennsylvania Railroad. Finally, baseball players have long worn shoes with spikes.

(www.wikipedia.org)

 

 

Overall Rating:

Review is based on my visit on 7/11/11.

 

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