ST. LOUIS — This championship was a long time coming and St. Louis Blues fans aren't waiting any longer to get their hands on some Stanley Cup champions gear.
Sporting goods stores around the area sold out of merchandise late Wednesday night within minutes of the Blues winning the Cup.
The Dick's Sporting Goods location in south St. Louis County had a line out the door before the game was even over.
The store had 70 boxes full of shirts, hats and other Blues gear. 5 On Your Side's Justina Coronel saw people grabbing whole handfuls of shirts and items and minutes later, the tables were wiped clean.
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The checkout line wrapped around the store twice. It was the longest line store employees have ever seen. But the wait didn't seem to bother fans. It was a festive mood with cheers, horn honking and chants of 'Let's Go Blues!'
Dick's Sporting Goods expects to get another shipment of championship gear early Thursday morning. Their doors open at 7 a.m.
It was a similar scene at Academy Sports + Outdoors. Stores sold out of Stanley Cup champions items Wednesday night. They expect to get more shipments Thursday and Friday.
A local company is helping feed the need for Blues champs gear. The screen printing presses were working in overtime at Hanneke's Logowear after the Note won. The company planned to print and ship 22,000 shirts Wednesday night. All that gear will head to area Walmart, Target, Sam's and Dick's stores. They expect to print a total of 40,000 shirts by the weekend.
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