PORTLAND, Ore. -- A couple of weeks ago we flew out west to Beaverton, Oregon, and took a behind-the-scenes tour of Nike Headquarters while getting a sneak peek of the new uniforms for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Nike campus, in itself, is a tourist attraction, but few are allowed to tour the facility. The buildings are named after famous Nike sponsored athletes like the Mia Hamm Center and the Tiger Woods Center.
We have pictures of the Tiger Woods Center and, in those photos, you can see what basically is a tribute to the world's best golfer. There are trophies from his British Open Championship and U.S. Open Championship. Woods also donated memorabilia from his days playing college golf at Stanford.
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The interesting dynamic at the Nike facility is that it's more than a place that makes all the apparel that we see on athletes and in stores. There is modern day and innovative testing technology for athletes. While we were touring, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was there undergoing tests.
These are performance based tests that athletes perform to help find strengths and weaknesses in their game.
We also had a chance to hang out one afternoon with Justin Blackmon. The Jaguars wide receiver put the media through football drills on the turf field at Nike Headquarters adjacent to the Bo Jackson building. We all got lockers with our names on them and training gear as we were put through the paces.
There are some areas at the Nike Headquarters that are off limits. We saw several "restricted area" signs that only are open to certain employees. One of the testing rooms for the uniforms has a climate-controlled setting that can make the conditions hot, humid, rainy, cold, snowy, windy and more. It's one of the best testing rooms in the world for Nike's uniform design.
The best part of the Nike Headquarters is the employee store. It's actually off-campus, but everything in the store is just about half off the normal price. Can you say shopping spree!!