Academy Sports + Outdoors announces Thanksgiving store closure and early Black Friday events

KATY, TEXAS (November 5, 2014) – Academy, Ltd. (d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors), a $4 billion in sales premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, today announced its plans for the upcoming holiday shopping season for its 186 stores. As in years past, all stores will remain closed Thanksgiving Day and open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.

“As a family-oriented store, it is important for our associates to be able to spend the holiday with family,” says Rodney Faldyn, Academy Sports + Outdoors’ President and CEO. “Customers who want to shop our Black Friday Hot Deals early can do so on from the convenience of their home on Thanksgiving Day, or visit their local store when we open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.”

Leading up to Thanksgiving Day, Academy Sports + Outdoors will provide customers access to shop its Black Friday deals early through three major sales events – Early Access, Black Friday Starts Now, and Black Friday. The “Early Access” event will offer Black Friday deals earlier than ever, beginning Sunday, Nov. 16.

All that week, the stores and will have Black Friday prices on this year’s hottest gifts including bikes, Razor scooters and ride-ons, branded athletic footwear, apparel and fleece from Nike and Under Armour, Columbia outerwear, hunting camo and gear, particularly youth archery made popular by the Hunger Games trilogy and films, fitness equipment, electronics including wearable activity trackers from Jawbone, Yeti coolers, game tables, trampolines, basketball goals, and more.

The following Sunday, Nov. 23, begins its “Black Friday Starts Now” event offering access to even more of Academy’s Black Friday Hot Deal products and pricing to help its customers avoid the long lines on Black Friday. Additional Doorbuster Hot Deals will become available online Thanksgiving Day and throughout that weekend in stores and on

To accommodate its customers’ busy holiday schedules, all Academy Sports + Outdoors storeswill begin staying open an hour later on Dec. 8 and then offer extended shopping hours from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Dec. 14 through the 23rd.

Holiday Store Hours

  • Dec. 8 – 13, open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Dec. 14 – 23, open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Open Christmas Eve 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Closed Christmas Day
  • Dec. 26, open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Dec. 27, open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Dec. 28, open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 29 – 30, open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • New Year’s Eve 12/31, open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • New Year’s Day 1/1, open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Visit for Academy’s annual holiday gift guide and Top 10 gifts for the whole family.

About Academy Sports + Outdoors
Academy Sports + Outdoors is a $4 billion in sales premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with a broad assortment of quality hunting, fishing and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel and much more. The Texas-based company operates 186 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The Academy Sports + Outdoors philosophy is to deliver an unparalleled shopping experience by providing convenience, offering a broad selection of quality products, delivering exceptional customer service and selling the right stuff at everyday low prices. For more information about Academy Sports + Outdoors visit,,,, and