Spikes Win Streak Impacting Economy

By Ali Ingersoll

Published 07/25 2014 11:31PM

Updated 07/25 2014 11:53PM

The Spikes are on a hot streak and their record isn't only being reflected in the players' batting averages but also on the area's bottom line.

"It's really the cherry on top when you have a team performing well on the field," says Jason Dambach, the Senior Vice President of the State College Spikes.

When the team is doing well, it shows in the stands.

"Right now we're at 3,500 fans a game," says Dambach.  "Certainly on really good nights we've had 5,000 to 5,500 fans."

All those people who come for the true fan experience aren't just enjoying the game and cheering on the team but they're also buying gear and concessions, which translates into money.

"We have noticed over the last two years with the teams that we've had it has generated a lot more enthusiasm and our bottom line certainly has improved," says Dambach.

The team's successful season impact is expanding outside of Medlar Field.

"We definitely have seen an impact on our sales," says Kerry Dubois, a manager at Damon's Grill.

She says they restaurant is seeing more fans come in with every home Spikes game.

"Being just right off from the stadium here, people in before the game and after," says Dubois.

Friends Bud Youst and Todd Maggi are two of those fans who enjoy the nearby restaurant before heading into the game.

"It's a great season," says Youst, a Spikes fan.  "It's exciting. It's nice to go watch them especially when they're on a winning streak."

Youst's friend Todd Maggi says when the team is playing at home, he can tell the difference around State College.

"It brings a lot more people out to the field and to the economy and it helps business," says Maggi.

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