IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa athletic department officials announced today an agreement with Hawkeye Fan Shop, a Black and Gold Store, to become the official team store of the Iowa Hawkeyes, providing Hawkeye fans throughout the country with the latest officially licensed UI apparel, accessories and novelties.
A opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place Friday, Aug. 12, at 11 a.m. the Hawkeye Fan Shop location on Second Avenue in Coralville, with Director of Athletics Gary Barta and Hawkeye Fan Shop representatives taking part in the ceremonies.
The Hawkeye Fan Shop includes two locations – 1525 Second Avenue in Coralville and the Old Capital Town Center, 201 S. Clinton in Iowa City, along with game day locations in Krause Family Plaza near Kinnick Stadium and in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. In addition, officially licensed UI apparel, accessories and novelties will be sold at the Black and Gold stores in Coralville, Davenport and coming soon to Des Moines. Fans can also visit the e-commerce website, www.hawkeyefanshop.com for officially licensed Hawkeye merchandise. All locations are open for business.
"We are excited to join with Black and Gold stores in this venture," said Barta. "The Hawkeye brand is obviously very popular throughout the state, our black and gold colors and the Tigerhawk logo are national brands as well. We feel this partnership will increase exposure for fans who are seeking as many black and gold products as possible."
"Black & Gold Shops are very pleased and proud to partner with the University of Iowa Athletic Department and to have been selected to operate the two new Hawkeye Fan Shops, online store and merchandise concessions at Kinnick Stadium and Carver-Hawkeye Arena," said JJ Corkhill, general manager of Hawkeye Fan Shops. "Our goal is to provide Hawkeye fans with the best merchandise, an exceptional game day experience and 100% customer satisfaction. We look forward to serving Hawkeye fans."
Sales of officially licensed merchandise provide financial support for all University of Iowa intercollegiate athletic programs and student programming.