Gameday Spirit Fanstore traces its history back to Gary & Al’s Sporting Goods which originally opened on the University of Illinois campus in 1986.  In 1998, the transition from a sporting goods store to a true fan store began with a change in name to Gameday Sports and a move to the heart of the University of Illinois campustown area (corner of 6th & Green streets in Champaign).

This transition reached its current state in 2014 with our official re-branding as Gameday Spirit Fanstore, the opening of our brand new store at the same campustown location and also the opening of our second retail store just around the corner from the University of Illinois athletic complex.

In late 2016, we unveiled a brand new online fan store at www.gamedayspirit.com that offers the largest variety of Fighting Illini merchandise anywhere online.

In addition to our retail stores and online presence, Gameday Spirit is also the on-site concessionaire for all University of Illinois varsity athletic events.  We’ve got all of your needs for Fighting Illini merchandise covered no matter where you are!

As the Official Fanstore of the Fighting Illini, we are proud to serve the alumni and fans of the University of Illinois.  Our mission is to provide every Illini fan and alum with the best value and selection of Illinois merchandise available.

Interested in becoming part of our team?  We’d love to hear from you!  For a job at one of our fanstore locations, please drop off an application in person to our campus store, located on the corner of 6th & Green St. If you are unable to do this, please send your application, as well as a current resume, to cory.shumard@gamedayspirit.com.

For a job at varsity athletics events at the university, or for a job in production, screen printing or design, please send your completed application and current resume to jobs@gamedayspirit.com.

Interested in an internship? We have semester and year-long internships available in the following areas: Marketing, Internet Management, General Business, Photography and Social Media. Please send your resume to bethany.manalo@gamedayspirit.com for consideration.

Click here for the Gameday Spirit Application.

Please be sure to fill out all sections of the application. We look forward to hearing from you. GO ILLINI!