Player-only merchandise will be part of a
prototype store being opened at Citi Field
by the MLB Players Association and Aramark.
Most any fan that has attended a Major League Baseball game knows that there is a Team Shop at the stadium where they can purchase items with the home and some away team logos.
But on Friday, a first-of-its-kind merchandise store will open at Citi Field run, not by the Mets, but instead by the MLB Players Association.
A special ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at The Players Clubhouse: A Players Choice Store at 2pm ET, with New York Mets and Boston Red Sox players, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and stadium concessionaire representatives in attendance.
The store is a joint venture between the MLBPA and Aramark.
According to the MLBPA, “This new concept in stadium retail sales will feature player-only merchandise licensed by the MLBPA’s Players Choice group licensing program. The store provides the MLBPA and its licensees with a unique opportunity to launch new items, test future products and host player-related events.”
MLBPA licensees featured in The Players Clubhouse include VF/Majestic, Nike, Twins, Topps, Upper Deck, WinCraft, Forever Collectibles, PhotoFile and Rawlings.
Look for more details on Friday as to whether this type of retail store will be coming to a ballpark near you.
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