Your team just won the Super Bowl, what are you gonna do? Buy some merch!
There were customers lined up at the door waiting for Dick’s Sporting Goods at West Shore Plaza in Tampa to open Monday morning, a store manager said. The store had official Super Bowl gear, including the “locker room” shirts and hats the players were sporting after they clinched the championship Sunday night.
Minutes before the final whistle was blown, there were tents popping up outside Raymond James Stadium to sell Super Bowl champion T-shirts and hats. Both official and unofficial gear were in hot demand on Monday.
It might not have been a comfort to Kansas City Chiefs fans heading to their plane back home, but the news stand stores throughout Tampa International Airport are stocked with officially licensed gear. The stores are in the main terminal and airsides A, C and F. They have several styles of T-shirts, short and long sleeve, as well as visors, mugs, tumblers and bottles. A spokesman said they expect to get more throughout the week. If you’re looking to swing by, the airport offers free parking for one hour.
The Tampa Bay Times is selling copies of its front pages with headlines “Title Town” and “Bucs Win” as posters and T-shirts, as well as keepsake editions of its special Super Bowl section at encoreselect.com. And there’s a 160-page hardcover book in the works that you can pre-order at pediment.com. Called Storybook Season, it ships out April 9.
For unofficial gear, the creative wheels are turning. Bootleg T-shirt designs sold on the street Sunday night included a screen print of an actual goat wearing a Tom Brady jersey, according to Times writer Christopher Spata.
“Champa Bay” is gaining ground for merchandise designers in a region that has won a Stanley Cup, been to the World Series and has now won its second Super Bowl.
The popular hockey website bringhockeyback.net put up a T-shirt that reads: Bolts & Bucs & Stanley & Lombardi & Tampa & Champs.
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The sports and entertainment merchandise company FOCO.com introduced a new line of commemorative products celebrating the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl victory that includes face covers, gaiters, wall signs, holiday ornaments, toys and bobbleheads of Tom Brady, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski and Leonard Fournette as the team’s mascot, Captain Fear.
If you want to get you hands on something right away, you might have to go retro and go to the mall. Locker Room, JC Penney and Fanatic sports stores carry official Super Bowl and Bucs merchandise.
Staff writers Maggie Duffy and Jay Cridlin contributed to this report.
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