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Building the Path to Victory

Taking a timeout to review forward progress in the market.

July 13th, 2023 - 2 min read

With the start of the fall semester approaching, many colleges and universities are ramping up for this season’s title run – on the field and in the front office, locker room, and more. In the recap below, we’ll share what we’ve learned from recent tradeshows and events, as well as a look into what’s to come as the season rolls on.

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OKC: The Place to Be

This year, our team attended two big time conferences in the Big Friendly. The first featured an elite subset of collegiate conferences looking to take their equipment rooms to the next level. One major focus of the conversation centered around improving space utilized by women’s teams within the attending institutions, while other showgoers said they were focusing on improving two key storage areas – football and Olympic sports.

The second show – the Athletic Equipment Managers Association Convention – showcased the latest and greatest in equipment room management for institutions of every level and location. Attended by more than 500 industry professionals and 75 exhibitors, a large number of showgoers stated their potential projects focused on renovations.

From designing, manufacturing, installing, and servicing solutions from high-density mobile shelving systems to Day Use Lockers, our team provides dependable, durable storage for athletes and equipment of all sports. Reach out to one of our local experts to set up an on-site assessment of your school’s space or request a walkthrough of our game-changing storage locker options.

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Preparing for the Second Half

While the first half of the year may have started a bit slower than anticipated for most, the market is looking to rebound significantly in the last two quarters. We polled several industry experts at the close of Q2 and all are starting to see opportunities throughout their athletic facilities.

From increasing medical storage capacity and creating space to expand treatment rooms for injured athletes, to optimizing the flow of and access to gear and apparel used by teams of every sport, schools are continually searching for a competitive edge. It’s clear that though the scheduled season may be over, there’s no off-season for striving toward constant improvement.

See how the University of Oregon became a showpiece for athletic storage excellence.

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Putting the Win in Windfall

There are several state and federal contract vehicles available to help schools secure the best price on their necessary storage systems. Through these options, programs of all levels are afforded the opportunity to remain competitive in their respective divisions. In addition – and with the advent of name, image, and likeness (NIL) income being provided to student athletes and their institutions – universities have seen an increase in support from one very dedicated subset of potential funding sources – their boosters.

The competition to attract the best talent has certainly been heating up over the past couple of years, and with many major conferences accepting new teams, is showing no signs of cooling off. To further enhance their portal profile to interested student athletes, institutions are pushing to bring in the latest and greatest technology and accommodations. By employing Spacesaver’s lineup of versatile athletic solutions and innovative accessories including end panel graphics and more, programs can ensure they show their pride to prospective athletes, fans, and supporters.

Mark it a Win

Need to upgrade your institution’s athletic storage profile? Whether you’re building anew or renovating your space, our experts can help with every step of the way. Set up a no-obligation, on-site huddle with our staff to get you ready for victory!

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