Sports Fan Marketing Inc., a Scottsdale Ariz. based company specializing in sports retail merchandise, has opened two Notre Dame BCS Championship stores in the area.
Both locations, which launched on Dec. 3, offer more than 200 different types of officially licensed Notre Dame gear. Hats, T shirts, outerwear, ladies, kids, footballs, collectibles, novelties and glassware are all available for purchase as the Fighting Irish make their first appearance in the National Championship Game since 1988.
“It's a great idea for Christmas if you can't think of something for Johnny or Jane, we've got it here,” says Donald Mensen the store’s manager.
The company has been in the sports merchandising business for about 15 years, they were in Kansas City for the All-Star Game, and Oklahoma for the Thunder, and plan to continue traveling around for other sporting events as well.
“A lot of fun, a lot of travel,” says Steve. The company only recently got into town, but they have wasted no time getting down to business. The first location at University Park Mall opened on Saturday, and their second location opened up at the Broadmoor Plaza on Tuesday.
Location 1: The University Park Mall - Center Court Kiosk Promenade
Location 2: Broadmoor Plaza at the corner of Ireland Rd. and Miami St. in South Bend.
The managers say a trip to Miami isn’t necessary to get a souvenir, both stores will remain open through the end of January, with national champion merchandise hitting store shelves on Jan. 8, should Notre Dame beat the University of Alabama in Miami.