November 05, 2012 at 13:31 PM EST
DICK'S Sporting Goods Announces Grand Opening Celebration at Spokane Valley Mall in Spokane, WA
Blake Stepp and Dan Dickau to make special appearances during grand opening weekend

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --DICK'S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S. based full-line sporting goods retailer, invites the community of Spokane to their three-day grand opening weekend. The store will open its doors on Wednesday, November 7 and begin the celebration with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, November 9 at 8:00 a.m. at the retailer's new location at Spokane Valley Mall, 14014 East Indiana Avenue. Special extended store hours will also be in effect for Friday (8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.), Saturday (8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) and Sunday (9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)

DICK'S Sporting Goods also has a variety of special athlete appearances and giveaways scheduled to celebrate the grand opening festivities.

Saturday's schedule will feature a special appearance  by former Gonzaga basketball star and current NBA player Blake Stepp from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.* During his four-year career at Gonzaga, Stepp was a two-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year and a second team All-American in 2004.  He was a member of four NCAA Tournament teams, and was drafted in the second round by the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves.

On Sunday, another one of Gonzaga basketball's star alums, Dan Dickau, will be in store meeting and greeting customers from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.** Dickau was a first-team All-American and West Coast Conference Player of the Year at Gonzaga, and was selected in the first round of the 2002 NBA Draft.  Dickau played six seasons in the NBA, averaging a career-high 13.2 points for New Orleans in the 2004-05 season. 

Additionally on Sunday, there will be a Mystery Gift Card Giveaway, where the first 100 adults in line will receive unmarked DICK'S Sporting Goods gift cards in varying denominations from $5 to $500, with one person winning the $500 card. (Limit one per person and must be 18 years or older.)

Throughout the weekend, customers will be able to enter for the chance to win an Epic A35T Treadmill and a Nishiki Kinzua29 Limited Edition bicycle. There will also be opportunities for customers to meet with certified bike and lodge technicians and PGA/LPGA professionals, as well as additional activities throughout the store. More details on all promotions are available at the store location.

"We look forward to opening our new DICK'S Sporting Goods store in Spokane, and becoming part of the community" said Lauren Hobart, DICK'S Sporting Goods Chief Marketing Officer.  "We want to serve athletes of all ages in Spokane by providing the equipment they need to help them excel."

The Spokane location will be the retailer's 3rd store in the state of Washington and its 518th nationwide.

Visit http://www.dickssportinggoodsonline.com/Grand_Open/Spokane/ for more grand opening details and directions.

*Beginning at 8:00am local time, 250 wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the store on the day of event only.  Limit one wristband and one autograph per person.  Fans must have a wristband and must be in the Special Appearance line by 11:00AM to receive an autograph.  Times and appearances are subject to change without notice. See store for details.

**Beginning at 9:00am local time, 250 wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the store on the day of event only.  Limit one wristband and one autograph per person.  Fans must have a wristband and must be in the Special Appearance line by 11:00AM to receive an autograph.  Times and appearances are subject to change without notice. See store for details.

About DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc.

DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc. is an authentic full-line sporting goods retailer offering a broad assortment of brand name sporting goods equipment, apparel and footwear in a specialty store environment. The Company also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, LLC, a golf specialty retailer. As of September 21, 2012, the Company operated 500 DICK'S Sporting Goods stores in 44 states, 81 Golf Galaxy stores in 30 states and eCommerce websites and catalog operations for DICK'S Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy. DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc. news releases are available at http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/investors.  The Company's website is not part of this release.

SOURCE DICK'S Sporting Goods

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