Indianapolis-based MainGate Inc. will operate a retail store at next week's National Football League Draft in Chicago. Chief Executive Officer David Moroknek says the draft has become a “cultural phenomenon” and expects sales to be “very brisk.”

April 20, 2015

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — MainGate, the premier event retail and merchandising company in the country, has been tabbed by the National Football League to operate its NFL retail store at the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft.

The 2015 NFL Draft will be held April 30 – May 2 in Chicago. The NFL Draft had been held in New York City since 1964. The nearly 4,000-square-foot “NFL Shop at Draft presented by Visa” will be located in Grant Park as part of the NFL Draft Town and overall free fan experience. The store will open on Thursday, April 30 and remain open through the completion of the Draft. Product will include a variety of merchandise for each of the 32 NFL teams and merchandise and apparel featuring the 2015 NFL Draft logo.

“The NFL Draft has become such a cultural phenomenon in this county, and bringing it to the Midwest and a new set of NFL fans is fantastic,” said David Moroknek, President and CEO of MainGate. “We believe that fans from neighboring states are going to travel to attend this event, and we expect sales to be very brisk.”

“The Draft has become a cornerstone event for the League, and we know that our merchandising efforts are in great hands with MainGate,” said Natara Holloway, NFL Vice President, Consumer Products – Brand Marketing & Retail.


Current MainGate merchandise partners include four NFL teams (Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans), Indiana Pacers, United States Bowling Congress, Big Ten Football and Basketball Championships, USGA (U.S. Open), the Kentucky Derby, Susan G. Komen, NCAA, 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., TCF Bank Stadium in Minnesota (Minnesota Vikings), and LP Field in Nashville.

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Source: MainGate Inc.

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