“The Straw” is coming to Glendale’s newest sports store.
Former New York Mets and Yankees outfielder Darryl Strawberry will be on hand for the grand opening weekend of Dick’s Sporting Goods first store in Queens.
The prolific slugger, a member of the 1986 World Champion Mets and the 1996 World Champion Yankees, will be at the Glendale store, located at 73-25 Woodhaven Blvd. — in the same building the former Sports Authority used to be — taking photos and signing autographs from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 11.
In order to meet Strawberry, customers must receive wristbands, which will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at the opening of the store on the day of event only. There are a limited quantity of wristbands, with a one wristband per person limit.
To receive an autograph from Strawberry, participants must have a wristband and must be in the “Special Appearance” line prior to the start. Times and appearances are subject to change without notice, Dick’s noted.
On Sunday, March 12, Dick’s will host a “Ready, Set, Roll!” Challenge for kids ages 6-15, as part of their grand opening celebration. The challenge will put kids’ strength, agility and speed to the test, with prizes awarded to those who finish the challenge.
Dick’s will also hold giveaways to the first 100 people in line each day of the grand opening celebration. On Friday, early birds will receive a free Adidas Go-To Performance T-shirt (a $20 value), and on Saturday and Sunday the first 100 people in line will receive a free Dick’s mystery gift card. Every card is a winner, with one being a $500 gift card.
Dick’s officially opens on Friday, March 10, but the store will be holding two preview days on Wednesday and Thursday, March 8 and 9, from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
For more information about the entire weekend of events and giveaways, visit the Dick’s Sporting Goods website.