PITTSBURGH, Oct. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dick's Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S. based full-line sporting goods retailer, invites the community of Ann Arbor to their three-day grand opening weekend. The store opened its doors on Wednesday, October 19th and will begin a grand opening celebration with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, November 4 at 8 AM at the retailer's new location at Waters Place, 3120 Lohr Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 (734-332-6095). Special extended store hours will also be in effect for Friday (8 AM–10 PM), Saturday (8 AM–10 PM) and Sunday (9 AM–8 PM).
Dick's Sporting Goods has a variety of special athlete appearances and give-a-ways scheduled to celebrate the grand opening festivities. On Friday, the first customers through the door will receive a free adidas t-shirt while supplies last.
Saturday, for the first 100 customers through the door, Crocs will be giving away a free pair of adult Crocs (limit one per person and must be 18 years or older) and former Detroit Red Wings star Chris Chelios will be onsite from 1PM–3PM*. Playing 25 seasons in the NHL, Chelios scored 185 goals and captured three Stanley Cup Championships.Sunday's schedule will feature a Mystery Gift Card Giveaway for the first 100 customers, where unmarked gift cards will be handed out with varying denominations from $5 to one lucky $500 gift card (limit one per person, per household and must be 18 years or older). Also on Sunday, receive a free Reebok t-shirt while supplies last and Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best will make a special appearance from 2PM–4PM*. Selected as the 30th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Best ran for 555 yards and scored four touchdowns in 15 games his rookie year. "Dick's Sporting Goods is excited to become a member of the Ann Arbor community with the opening of our newest location," said Lauren Hobart, Dick's Sporting Goods Chief Marketing Officer. "Unsurpassed customer service and the best products in the industry are the hallmarks of our stores and we're excited to bring these traditions to Ann Arbor. We look forward to becoming an integrated member of the Ann Arbor community." The Ann Arbor location will be the retailer's 17th store in the state of Michigan and their 467th nationwide. Throughout the weekend, customers can sign up for the $1,000 ScoreCard® Shopping Spree, earn triple points all weekend by signing up for the ScoreCard® Rewards Program, and register to win great prizes from The North Face, SofSole, Crosman, or Michael Mauro. Additionally, there will be activities throughout the store including product demonstrations by industry experts from Crocs, Mizuno, Keen, Remington, Superfeet, Moving Comfort, Brooks, and SofSole among others. Visit www.dickssportinggoodsonline.com/Grand_Open/Ann_Arbor/ for more grand opening details and directions. Dick's Sporting Goods is proud to be an active member of the communities they serve through the efforts of Community Marketing and Youth Sports programs. Dick Stack, founder of Dick's Sporting Goods, believed that sports play a vital role in teaching our children fundamental values like a strong work ethic, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. Stack understood that supporting the organizations that make youth sports possible is the best way to promote those values. Today, that legacy continues. Dick's Sporting Goods shares the same enthusiasm for and commitment to youth sports in our communities. This year, through its Community Youth Sports Program, Dick's Sporting Goods will donate thousands of coach's equipment kits to youth sports organizations across select markets – reaching over a million athletes. For more information about Dick's Sporting Goods Community Marketing and the programs they offer, please contact David Prout at David.Prout@dcsg.com or visit http://dickssportinggoods.sponsorport.com/. * Limit one autograph per person. Autographs are provided on a first-come, first-served basis and are only guaranteed to the first 250 people in the special appearance line on the day of the event only. Times and appearances are subject to change without notice. Some restrictions may apply. See store for details.