The National Hockey League (NHL) and the Fanatics have announced the opening of a new 9,000 square foot NHL Shop flagship store in New York City.
Fanatics will use the expertise of Lids, which is in part owned by Fanatics, to help provide a top-notch shopping experience for fans and visitors to the NHL.
Upon opening, shoppers will have access to a wide range of merchandise, including assortments for all 32 NHL clubs in a variety of product categories in the women’s, men’s and youth styles. This extensive product offering will include on-site customization of jerseys, t-shirts and headwear, new arrivals, outerwear and more, highlighted by brands such as adidas, Fanatics, ’47 , WEAR by Erin Andrews, GIII and Funko.
“We’re excited to open a new NHL Shop flagship store in Manhattan West, the site of our new corporate headquarters in a booming New York City neighborhood,” said Brian Jennings, brand director, vice Senior Executive Chairman, NHL. “Our vision was to create a multisensory hockey experience that emotionally connects our fans to the game, to the teams and to the players they support. With the support of Fanatics and Lids, this world-class retail destination will provide fans with an immersive shopping experience with a robust merchandise offering, curated content and unique Hockey Hall of Fame artifacts. In addition to the exciting NHL events we have planned, we hope to entertain, inspire and welcome all the hockey fans who walk through our doors. ”
The new technology-enriched NHL store is showcased with interactive product displays and mobile point-of-sale terminals to ensure secure payments. The in-store environment will feature 28 high-definition video walls showing NHL programming, including live game broadcasts, original NHL productions, and real-time content from NHL and Club social media.
“We believe that NHL fans and visitors to New York will enjoy an incredible retail experience inside the new NHL flagship store,” said Gina Sprenger, Strategic Director of Retail , Fanatics. “The store offers fans a robust assortment, the ability to host special events, player meet-ups and other unique interactive moments that will make it a must-see destination for hockey fans.
“At Lids, we are excited to leverage our retail expertise to bring a great experience to the NHL flagship store in New York City,” said Lawrence Berger, Co-Founder, Partner, Ames Watson and chairman of FanzzLids Holdings, owner of Lids. “The store will offer a wide assortment of NHL gear for the whole family as well as our ability to personalize in-store products. ”
In addition to retail, the location will serve as an event and entertainment destination to celebrate the NHL and the game. Current and former NHL players and other hockey luminaries will make appearances in person and virtually via an augmented reality photo booth. The site also includes an installation of hockey history artifacts and memorabilia hosted by the Hockey Hall of Fame, which will open with exhibits showcasing the evolution of the hockey stick and helmet and history. of the NHL All-Star Game and the Men’s and Women’s Olympic Games. Ice hockey competitions.
Starting in November, Brookfield Properties, in association with the NHL, will be opening a new 60ft x 80ft ice rink in the center of Manhattan West’s two-acre public plaza. The rink will offer outdoor public skating and special NHL hockey experiences. Additional details and the rink’s schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.