Iconic Sporting Goods Brand Opens One-of-a-Kind ‘Baseball Experience in St. Louis, MO 

ST. LOUIS, MO. – Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., the official baseball, glove, helmet, face guard and base of Major League Baseball® and the creator of the renowned Rawlings Gold Glove Award®, announced today the grand opening of its new Experience center located in Westport Plaza alongside its new corporate office that opened in late 2023. The ‘Rawlings Experience’ opened on Fri. April 12th, and is accessible to the general public and serve as a free attraction for local residents as well as tourists visiting the St. Louis area. 

“Many don’t realize that Rawlings’ world headquarters has been located in St. Louis since the company’s inception in 1887 first as a retail store, then with corporate offices, so we knew we had a prime opportunity to increase our presence in our own backyard, a historical baseball town that spans generations,” said Mike Thompson, chief marketing officer for Rawlings. “We couldn’t wait to unite the greatest brand in baseball with the greatest fans in baseball here in St. Louis by giving them a glimpse into Rawlings’ compelling history and future.” 

The Rawlings Experience will feature the brand’s premier product portfolio comprised of ball gloves, bats, protective gear, apparel and customized items for purchase, and visitors can also demo the baseball and softball bats in the batting cage area powered by HitTrax® data capture and simulation technology. An additional highlight of the Experience will be the ‘Rawlings Glove Vault’ showcasing the past, present and future of gloves with a lineup of current and historic Rawlings Gold Glove Awards®, and one-of-one limited-edition gloves including one embellished with more than 15,000 hand-applied Swarovski® crystals. Also, included in the ‘Rawlings Experience’ are several large statues for photo-opportunities including a giant replica of Rawlings’ official MLB® game ball as well as a 10’ Rawlings Gold Glove Award. 

Learn more about the ‘Rawlings Experience’ by visiting www.Rawlings.com or by following on Facebook or Instagram @rawlings.experience.stl. 

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