SHANGHAI, CHINA (July 25, 2014) – Today, Nike unveiled its new headquarters in Shanghai, China, as well as a brand new building bearing the name of one of China’s greatest sports icons – two time Grand Slam Champion Li Na.
The naming of the building after one of its athletes is Nike’s longstanding tradition. Buildings on the campus of the Nike’s global headquarters in Beaverton, OR have been named after some of the best athletes in history, including tennis greats John McEnroe and Pete Sampras, basketball legend Michael Jordan, Olympic gold medalist Mia Hamm and many others.
“It brings me so much happiness to have my name appear on a Nike building, on the headquarters of Nike Greater China, no less. Nike has been with me through all of my tennis career and seeing my name on the building is one of the biggest honors I’ve received in my life. Nike has always respected and honored its athletes, so it’s not just my name that’s up there on the building, it stands for all outstanding Chinese athletes that Nike represents. I’ve cherished my friendship with Nike over the years and this incredible honor is yet another step in our longstanding partnership.”
The new Nike Greater China campus is located in Yangpu District, Shanghai, and covers an area of more than 55,000 square meters, including a nine-story office building bearing the name of Li Na, a full-size soccer field, an indoor basketball court, and a series of state-of-the-art fitness facilities. A new Conference Center complex will be available in the fall.
Li Na is represented by IMG, a global leader in sports, fashion and media operating in more than 30 countries around the world. IMG’s businesses include Events & Media, College, Golf, Tennis, Performance and IMG Academy, Fashion, Models, Clients, Consulting, Licensing, Joint Ventures, and creative management agency Art + Commerce. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, the world’s leading entertainment and media agency. Together, the companies offer an unparalleled client roster; world-class partnerships with sponsors, brands and broadcasters; and marquee assets across entertainment, events and fashion.