UNIVERSITY PARK — Folks driving in for the State College Spikes’ first home playoff game on Saturday evening are urged to watch for changing traffic patterns and leave extra time for getting to the ballpark because of the Penn State football game the same day.
The Nittany Lions meet Eastern Michigan at noon at Beaver Stadium, across the street from Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
The Spikes game against the Jamestown Jammers will start at 7:35 p.m. Saturday, 30 minutes later than the traditional first pitch, to give fans additional time to find parking spots for the baseball game.
Also, parking for the Spikes-Jammers game will be free.
“It’s been a challenge,” said Spikes General Manager Jason Dambach. “But at the same time, it’s a really cool opportunity and a great sports double header, with a Spikes playoff game and a Penn State home football game on the same day. It’s exciting.
“We’re not charging for parking, out of respect for the reality that it will be different from a normal home game,” he said. “We’re asking our fans to exercise patience and come early.”
Penn State said outbound traffic from the Beaver Stadium will impact inbound traffic for the Spikes game.
The university directs Spikes fans to park in Lots Jordan East and Stadium West.
“A limited number of ADA and VIP parking spaces will be available in Lot Porter North on a first-come basis,” the university said Thursday. “Lot Porter South (directly south of the baseball stadium) will be reserved for State College Spikes players and staff only.”
Penn State reminded drivers to “use caution while traveling within the parking lots, as many vehicles and pedestrians will likely remain in the lots throughout the evening” following the football game.
“Penn State has been great to work with,” Dambach said.
The Spikes and Jammers open their best-of-three series on Friday evening in Jamestown.
If necessary, Game 3 would be played at 7:05 p.m. on Sunday at Medlar Field, with traffic and parking patterns returning to normal.
Further information about playoff tickets and gameday plans can be obtained by visiting www.statecollegespikes.com or by calling (877) 99-SPIKES.
“We’ve gotten a lot of calls about it,” Dambach said. “We’re telling people there will be plenty of parking.”
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