Alright, it’s been a week since I’ve featured Prefontaine Hall and the exhibits housed at Nike World HQ’s main lobby. My tour guide decided to take me to the Michael Jordan building. If it weren’t for MJ, most likely Nike would be a Running shoe company housed in a small factory in Eugene and all this wouldn’t have materialized. The MJ Building houses Jordan Brand, ofcourse. The 4-floor building’s lobby contains an exhibit that would leave any Jordanhead speechless for days. The glass case doesn’t contain every Air Jordan made but all the Js Air wore (including the IX cleats when he played for the Barons). The ground floor also housed their innovation showroom.
I got to meet JB’s Creative Director Andre Doxey and he showed products that were so unreal and innovation being the key component. Some images of the shoes there have surfaced online (the Jordan Superfly, which will debut in the Olympics if I’m not mistaken), and some other items you’ll just have to wait and see.
My tour guide got word that a certain VIP was in the building for a meeting. I kid you not. We decided to go up to the top floor and meet a couple of other Jordan Brand guys to verify if the information was correct. Yup. He was there. The fanboy in me wanted to barge in and say hi. Imagine that– MJ was just a few feet away from me! Once again, goosebumps.
For most, the MJ building would be reason enough to visit Nike Campus. But there’s more to Nike World Headquarters than the MJ Building If you have any connects, use it. It would be a travesty not to. For the rest of my visit to Nike HQ, stay tuned.
Is it the shoes?
It’s gotta be the shoes.
Here’s a glimpse of the hallway where MJ was when I dropped by. I was so close to doing a stakeout just for a glimpse of his Airness. Then I realized it was winter.