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Philadelphia Phillies Scrap Dollar Dog Night, Medlar Field At Lubrano Park Follows Suit

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, Philly folks.

In late February, the Philadelphia Phillies announced they would cease Dollar Dog Night at Citizens Bank Park due to unruly fans, and Medlar Field at Lubrano Park and Penn State baseball have followed suit.

The facility announced its decision in a release late Sunday evening ahead of the three remaining slated Dollar Dog Nights.

“Dollar Dog Night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park will not take place for the remaining three Tuesday home games of the season,” Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Pat Kraft said in a statement Sunday night. “Instead, we will be implementing the buy-one-get-one promotion instituted by the Philadelphia Phillies.”

The administration announced that since seeing the Phillies make a switch, it naturally made sense to follow suit. In today’s economy, it isn’t practical anymore to lose profit every week over $1 hot dogs, the release stated. The Phillies are offering only two Dollar Dog Nights this season and charging $5 for two hot dogs as part of the buy-one-get-one deal.

Last Tuesday, Penn State baseball packed the third-largest attendance at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park with 3,505 total attendees. On top of this, Nittany Lion fans achieved the second-highest Dollar Dog Night total with a whopping 5,021 glizzies gobbled.

The Phillies didn’t need Dollar Dog Night to pack their stands, but on an occasional day at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, Penn State baseball could use the help of the promotion. While, sure, the stands in Citizens Bank Park got a little rowdy and the lines snaked around the concourse, this didn’t mean the organization had to do away with it. And it especially means that its decision didn’t need to affect the folks in Happy Valley.

So naturally the question begins — why stop a good thing in the middle of Pennsylvania? The promotion wasn’t only boosting attendance but also granting good times to all who chose to attend. Some came for the camaraderie, others for the bargain on a great meal. Maybe even both.

Medlar Field at Lubrano Park acknowledged the disappointment of students in its statement, expressing its wish to continue to give a high-energy experience to loyal Penn State baseball fans.

“We know how much all of you love Dollar Dog Night, and we join in your sadness in its departure,” Medlar Field at Lubrano Park Facilities Coordinator Reeve Seaver said. “We unfortunately don’t have the funds to carry on the tradition in its traditional format.”

Everyone’s favorite hot dog enthusiast, Joe Putnam, expressed his disappointment in a tweet following the release.

“This is the absolute wurst. Like c’mon! Don’t be a weenie, Penn State. Bring back our beloved dogs,” Putnam’s tweet read.

Editor’s note: This story is part of Onward State’s April Fools’ Day series. It is satirical, meant for entertainment, and not to be taken literally. Any quotes were made up for the purpose of this post.

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Ally Eaton

Ally is a freshman public relations major from York, Pennsylvania and is one of Onward State's social media editors. She gets to write awesome feature stories and create epic content for our social media pages. Ally is a lover of country music and Trader Joe's. If you'd like to discuss March Madness or your most creative coffee order, feel free to contact her on Twitter @allyeaton31 or in her inbox [email protected].

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