There are legends of the game, and then there is Bill Russell. 🍀 6⃣
The @nba has officially announced that Bill Russell's iconic No. 6 will be retired league-wide starting next season. Russell, unfortunately, passed away back on July 31st at the age of 88, and the NBA wanted to ensure they appropriately honored arguably the most prolific name the league ever saw hit the hardwood.
Russell, an 11-time NBA Champion,
5-time league MVP, and 12-time All-Star did as much on the court as he did off.
The Celtics star was also well known for his stance on civil rights. Don't take it from us, the NBA put it best in yesterday's official release: "During and after his extraordinary basketball career, Russell passionately advocated for the values of equality, respect and inclusion. He marched for civil rights with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and was steadfast in his belief that all people should be treated with dignity. Russell was awarded the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honour, for his athletic feats and lifelong commitment to social justice."
The sports world has lost a true icon, and we see no better way to honor Bill Rusell than a league-wide number retirement. Russell's No. 6 joins Jackie Robinson's No. 42 and Wayne Gretzky's No. 99 as the only numbers to be retired league-wide in North American professional sports.
Every player on every team this coming season will also wear a special No. 6 clover decal on their jerseys all season long. Players such as LeBron James who already wear No. 6 will be allowed to continue wearing it until they retire themselves.
Our entire #Fanzones team looks forward to honoring the life and legacy of Bill Russell all season long. Rest in peace Mr. Russell, and know that each and every one of us is proud to carry forward the legacy that you created. 💚 🙏
Check it out as our partners at the @officialnhlshop in NYC customize the very first Jacob Trouba jersey with the C proudly displayed on it after the team named Trouba the 28th captain in team history earlier this week.
Our #Fanzones technology allows our partners to instantly react to any kind of player movement or jersey change without having to worry about their inventory. Rangers fans wanted to rep their new captain ASAP, and our #Fanzones technology delivered in the clutch! 💯
Be sure to pay a visit to the @officialnhlshop if you’re in NYC for all of your NHL jersey customization needs! ✅
#Fanzones was on site once again for this year's edition of the Pro Football Hall Of Fame induction celebration. We had a great time in Canton watching legends of the game such as Richard Seymour, Cliff Branch, Tony Boselli and Dick Vermeil get the ultimate honor in sports.
Football fans from far and wide came to celebrate the game this weekend, and were able to choose from a wide variety of customizable t-shirts to remember the occasion on site thanks to our #Fanzones technology. Check out the images below highlighting some of the fun we got up to this weekend. 💯
Thank you to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for making us a part of your banner weekend, and thank you to all of our partners in the @nfl for working with us to provide football fans only the best in jersey and apparel customization options.
This week we saw a flurry of player movement in @mlb as the 2022 Trade Deadline has now come and gone. Dozens of new players have found new homes, and thousands of fans are eager to get their hands on freshly customized jerseys to represent their new favourites - That’s where #Fanzones comes into the fold! ✅
Our MLB partners had no worries this past week as orders started to flood in. Our technology provides efficient and simple customization one fan at a time, helping your retail organization drive higher profits and significantly reducing inventory risk.
Check out the videos here of our #Fanzones Jersey Roller Coaster at the beautiful @mlbstorenyc. We know it’s been a busy week at the customization station as fans from across the globe can pick up a fully customized jersey with any name and any number from any team! Be sure to visit them if you’re in the NYC area to grab your fresh post trade deadline threads! 💯
Check it out as our partners at the @Padres team store are ready to go with a customized Juan Soto jersey as soon as the trade to San Diego was confirmed!
He may not have confirmed his new number out west just yet, but this fan didn't care! Padres fans are clearly eager to rep their new star, and our #Fanzones technology had them covered in no time flat! Just one example of what #Fanzones can do for your retail business.
Some HUGE news coming on this @mlb Trade Deadline Day as according to ESPN's Jeff Passan, the Nationals have traded superstar Juan Soto AND Josh Bell to the @padres for a haul of players, highlighted by OF prospect James Wood. This gives the Padres baseball's new 'Big 3' bringing together the likes of Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado and Juan Soto all in the same lineup (talk about a pitcher's nightmare! 😱)
Trade Deadline day is when #Fanzones shines, allowing teams to instantly begin stocking their store shelves with newly minted names and numbers as soon as they're confirmed. Inventory issues are a thing of the past when you're a #Fanzones partner and we know our friends at the Padres are ready for anything that comes their way!
More to come from MLB as we expect plenty more trades to trickle in throughout the afternoon, and plenty of new jerseys to be customized ASAP!
Credit to @espn, @sportscenter for the quick work on the jersey swap. 👍
NFL training camps officially opened up this week, signalling the start of a fresh season on the Gridiron. The 2022 season will mark the return of alternate helmets after almost a decade, and multiple teams will be taking advantage of the new rules. NFL clubs are now free to bring back uniforms and helmet combos from sometime in their history, or get creative and unveil a new look that has never been seen before.
Many of our #Fanzones partners have joined in on this fun this season, and we can't wait to start customizing all those fresh jersey designs coming our way! Check out some of the slick helmet designs from our partners below, and stay tuned for plenty more NFL content as we head towards Week 1!
Spotted! 👀 @warriors star @stephencurry30 rocking his very own #Fanzones customized jersey at @athletics batting practice! 💪
Steph and his wife Ayesha are in the house to promote @eatlearnplay, a foundation committed to unlocking the amazing potential of every child by fighting to end childhood hunger. Click the link to their page to learn more about this awesome initiative.
When we say ANY name and ANY number, we mean it! Check it out as we find more that enough room to fit that extra long name on Steph’s jersey. Not a problem with our #Fanzones technology! Visit our website today to learn more about #Fanzones and everything we have to offer to your retail business.
We're still coming down from a highly successful trip to LA for the @mlb All-Star Game this past week. Our activation at PLAY BALL PARK couldn't have gone smoother, selling out all of our product, and helping contribute to @fanatics' most successful All-Star Game to date, beating out 2016's Fan Fest event in terms of revenue.
Our partners at the @dodgers also reported record All-Star sales, surpassing the previous high set by the @yankees and Yankee Stadium during the 2008 event. Overall, it was a banner week for retail sales, and we we're so thrilled to see hundreds of customized jerseys roaming the streets of LA, and around both All-Star venues.
Thank you once again to our partners at Fanatics for hosting a top-notch MLB Shop experience, and of course the Dodgers for putting on a spectacular celebration of baseball all week long. 👏
And with that, our focus shifts to the 2023 All-Star Game in Seattle. We'll see you all next year at T-Mobile Park!
We want to thank our #Fanzones partners the @dodgers for welcoming us and the entire baseball world with open arms. From the Celebrity Softball Game all the way to last night's Main Event, we can't say enough about the flawless execution of each and every activation this past weekend.
We also want to thank our partners at @fanatics for working with us to pull off yet another flawless PLAY BALL PARK experience. We sold hundreds of customized jerseys throughout the week, and couldn't keep the smiles off our faces as we saw them being worn all across Downtown LA and Dodger Stadium.
Finally, we want to shout out our staff on the ground, our All-Star sales team in Dayn Floyd and Kevin Murphy. We would not have been able to pull this off once again without your tireless commitment to ensuring #Fanzones provides only the highest quality customized apparel and service. Thank you for all your hard work this past week at both PLAY BALL PARK and Dodger Stadium.
And with that, we close out our 14th-straight MLB All-Star appearance! Thank you once again to all who made this such a successful trip, and we can't wait to do it all again next season in Seattle! 👏
#Fanzones is proud to celebrate our 14th-straight year at @mlb All-Star week! 🤩 It's been a fantastic and very successful trip, with hundreds of customized jerseys flying off the presses at both our PLAY BALL PARK booth, and our #Fanzones customization kiosk at Dodger Stadium.
As we get set for the Main Event tonight, we reflect on the past few days we've been able to spend taking all the sights and sounds of the MLB All-Star experience. Check out the video here highlighting some of our favourite moments from both the PLAY BALL PARK, as well as last night's riveting Home Run Derby!
Thank you to all of our top-notch partners, especially @fanatics, and the @dodgers for being such gracious hosts as they welcomed the baseball world to Hollywood.
But hang on, the fun isn't over just yet! You can still visit us at PLAY BALL PARK booth No. 36 from 10 AM to 6 PM PT to get ahold of your very own customized jersey. Heading to the All-Star Game tonight? You can find our #Fanzones customization kiosk at the Dodgers team store located at the left field Top Deck. ✅
Checking in from Day 3 at the PLAY BALL PARK at @mlb All-Star Week.
It was a fantastic weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center with countless fans streaming out the doors wearing their brand new customized All-Star threads. 🤩
We've had a great time at our 14th MLB All-Star game, but the fun is just getting started! Tonight the action shifts from the Convention Center to Dodger Stadium, where some of MLB's biggest names will compete for the Home Run Derby crown! 💪
We are proud to work with the @dodgers all season long to provide the great fans of LA with the highest quality customizable merchandise. All-Star Week will be no different, as our #Fanzones technology will be deployed through the stadium to serve all of your customization needs. Be sure to visit us at the Dodgers team store in you're in town tonight, located at the Top Deck to grab your #Fanzones customized All-Star jersey.
The fun doesn't end tonight, however, as we'll be set up all day long tomorrow from 10AM - 6 PM PT at the PLAY BALL PARK booth No. 36 to close out what has been a fantastic week in Los Angeles. We hope everyone enjoys the festivities tonight and the Main Event tomorrow!
#Fanzones and Silver Crystal Group are thrilled to be a part of Major League Baseball All-Star Week for the 14th straight season. 👏
For the past 14 years, we have been on site ready to provide baseball fans from across the globe with fully customized jerseys in just a matter of minutes. Our MLB All-Star journey began back in 2009 in St. Louis, and since then we have been able to return and build on one of our most successful activations each and every season. Check out the video below that highlights some of our favourite moments from over the years.
This year’s All-Star festivities are being hosted by our #Fanzones partners the Los Angeles Dodgers, and we can’t wait for the doors to open at Play Ball Park Saturday morning for everyone to see what we’ve got in store. Come check us out all weekend long at booth No. 36 at Play Ball Park, located in the Los Angeles Convention Centre. You can also find our #Fanzones technology deployed all week and season long at the home our partners, Dodger Stadium.
More to come this weekend and beyond as MLB All-Star week kicks into full gear on Monday with the Home Run Derby and the Main Event on Tuesday Night. We can’t wait to take in all the action and see all those customized jerseys out in the stands!
Check it out as our #Fanzones partners the @bluejacketsnhl customize the very first official Johnny Gaudreau jersey using our #Fanzones letters and numbers.
The Jackets made the biggest splash of the day during Day 1 of NHL Free agency, signing now former Calgary Flames star Johnny Gaudreau to a lucrative 7-year contract. It's easily one of the most significant moves in franchise history, and we know the great fans of Columbus are ready to get behind their new star.
CBJ fans can shop fully customizable jerseys at The Blue Line team store. Visit them if you're in town at Nationwide Arena, or online right here: https://thebluelineonline.com/
It's nearly @mlb All-Star Week, and the league has officially released the jerseys that will be worn by the players during the Midsummer Classic this year in Los Angeles. 🤩
The NL will don mostly white look, while the AL will be rocking the dark grey. Both sets of jerseys prominently feature a gold trim, which was chosen to represent the "fame and fortune of the 'City of Angels,'" according to the official press release from @nike.
#Fanzones is proud to have been a part of the last 13 MLB All-Star Weeks, and this year will be no different! Our jersey customization kiosks and technology will be featured at both Dodger Stadium, as well as the Play Ball Park in the Los Angeles Convention Centre. Be sure to swing by and grab your very own customized All-Star jersey if you're in town! 🙌
More details to come as we quickly approach the MLB All-Star break! Can't wait to see everyone in LA!
The First Round of the 2022 NHL Draft produced some of the most dramatic Draft moments we have ever seen. The host @canadiensmtl shocked the hockey world by passing on consensus No. 1 pick Shane Wright, instead going with powerful Slovakian winger Juraj Slafkovský. Wright's dramatic fall didn't end there either. New Jersey went with D-Man Simon Nemec 2nd overall, followed by highly touted center Logan Cooley going No. 3 to the Coyotes.
Wright's tumble down the draft board finally ended with the @seattlekraken picking him in the No. 4 slot, a big pickup for our #Fanzones partners in Seattle, who as you can see here have already started printing up Wright jerseys! 🙌
The Flyers rounded out the top 5 of the draft by taking talented center Cutter Gauthier to round out their already impressive young prospect pool.
Overall it was one of the most exciting NHL Drafts we've seen in some time, and we can't wait to work with our top-notch NHL #Fanzones partners to start printing up plenty of brand new jerseys for the game's future stars. Best of luck to all who were taken last night, but the fun isn't over just yet! Rounds 2-7 go from the Bell Centre this afternoon, and we'll be watching as the future of the NHL unfolds before our eyes. 🙌
"Two countries, two vibrant cultures, together as one." 🙌 🇲🇽 🇺🇸
The @padres are the latest @mlb team to reveal their @nike City Connect jerseys, and this time the club has decided to honor not just their home city, but nearby Tijuana, Mexico as well.
The bright look is inspired by the "vibrant landscapes in the San Diego and Baja California communities."
From the team: “The uniform’s bold colors and decorative details depict the radiant artwork that is prominent within our shared culture. The Padres are proud of our binational fan base and the region we all call home. Every day, thousands journey between San Diego and Tijuana to live and work, and the result is a city like no other, with some of the most passionate baseball fans on either side of the border.”
This look will be sure to catch your eye at the ballpark or on TV, and we have to say we can't get enough of it! 💯 Want to get your hands on your own Padres City Connect jersey? Shop with our #Fanzones partners at the Padres Team Store, located on the first floor of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building at 215 Tony Gwynn Dr.
Happy Canada Day to all of our top-notch Canadian #Fanzones partners! 🇨🇦
#Fanzones is proud to partner with multiple teams across Canada to provide their fans with the highest quality customizable jerseys and apparel. We can't wait to sit back and take in some Canada Day baseball this afternoon as our hometown Blue Jays rock the red jerseys to take on the Rays.
Wishing all of our partners a safe and fun Canada Day weekend!
Congratulations to the @coloradoavalanche for winning their 3rd Stanley Cup in franchise history. Led by superstars Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar, the Avs were a force to be reckoned with all season long, finishing the regular season 1st in the Western Conference. They finished their playoff run with a dominant 16-4 record, capping things off with a 2-1 road win in Tampa to secure hockey's ultimate prize. 👏
#Fanzones is proud to work with the NHL and @officialnhlshop to provide the great fans of Colorado with the highest quality customizable jerseys! Visit our partners at the NHL Flagship store in NYC, or shop online with @fanatics to pick up all your Avs championship merchandise. ✅