MainGate Inks Deal With NCAA

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Indianapolis-based MainGate Inc. has announced a merchandise agreement with the NCAA. The deal involves apparel for volunteer and committee members at the nearly 90 championships throughout the country. MainGate has an existing agreement with the NCAA that includes managing its Hall of Champions facility in Indianapolis. September 2, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - MainGate, the premier event retail and merchandising company in the country, and the NCAA are pleased to announce an exclusive wholesale merchandise agreement for committee and volunteer apparel.

Through the agreement, MainGate will create the complete line of official apparel worn by volunteers working at each of the NCAA's 89 championships held across the country each academic year. In addition, MainGate will develop and facilitate an internal e-commerce portal for the NCAA to easily place orders for their volunteer program. The agreement is in place for the upcoming 2014-15 season.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for MainGate and all of our employees," said David Moroknek, President and CEO of MainGate. "Volunteers are such an important part of conducting a successful championship event, as we know first-hand here in Indianapolis from our city's history of hosting NCAA events. Volunteers are one of the many faces of the NCAA in its championship cities, and to be the official apparel provider for each of these individuals is a tremendous honor."

"MainGate's history of working with very large scale sporting events and their turnkey capabilities were critical factors in the NCAA choosing to partner with them," said Jeff Jarnecke, director of championships and alliances at the NCAA. "We are very excited to see our more than 25,000 volunteers across the country looking fantastic in the high-quality apparel that MainGate is known for producing."

ABOUT MAINGATE INC.

Current MainGate merchandise partners include five NFL teams (Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans), Indiana Pacers, the Circuit of the Americas (United States Grand Prix), United States Bowling Congress, Big Ten Football and Basketball Championships, USGA (U.S. Open), the Kentucky Derby, Susan G. Komen, American Heart Association, Be the Match, and NHRA, among others. MainGate served as the primary retail partner for the NFL at Super Bowl XLVI, XLVII and XLVIII.

MainGate employs more than 300 full-time and part-time workers, operates 10 retail stores in five states, designs, operates and maintains more than 30 e-commerce sites, and administers retail sales at nearly 200 events across the country each year. MainGate manages NFL game-day operations at Ford Field in Detroit, FedExField in Washington, D.C., Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, TCF Bank Stadium in Minnesota (Minnesota Vikings), and LP Field in Nashville.

For more information regarding MainGate, please visit www.MainGateInc.com.

Source: MainGate Inc.