ATLANTA (January 31, 2023) – REVELXP announced today the acquisition of Tailgate Express, a full-service tailgate solutions provider based in Lubbock, Texas that offers tailgating services at four major Texas universities. The strategic acquisition will strengthen the leadership position REVELXP has in college sports, increasing its partnerships with Power Five conference schools to nearly 50 of the Power 69 universities.
“We are building the premier fan experience and hospitality company in sports with a focus on elevating game day,” said Ray DeWeese, President and Chief Operating Officer of REVELXP. “The Tailgate Express team shares our partnership-driven approach, and they have an impressive track record of providing exceptional service to fans and universities. We’re proud to welcome John English and his team to the REVELXP family.”
Founded in 2012 by John English, Tailgate Express has partnerships with Texas Tech University, Southern Methodist University, University of Houston and Abilene Christian University as the official provider for full-service tailgates and custom pregame hospitality events at home football games.
"I'm extremely excited and honored to see Tailgate Express join the industry leader in not only the tailgating and hospitality space, but in the collegiate athletic services space as a whole. REVELXP is emerging as one of the fastest growing companies in America, and we can't wait to help maximize their exceptional offerings nationwide. Our family and team will continue to oversee and enhance our offerings at Texas Tech, SMU, ACU, and the University of Houston while joining REVELXP in their market leading efforts,” said English.
Tailgate Express will merge into the REVELXP platform while offering athletic departments an expanded suite of services, such as ticket sales, premium hospitality, and semi-permanent venue builds. The REVELXP national sales center in Irving, Texas will bring outbound and dedicated sales efforts to continue to maximize business at the new properties.
“We are excited about this deal and continuing to expand REVELXP’s best-in-class game day services within college sports,” said Ben Sutton, REVELXP Chairman and Teall Sports & Entertainment CEO. “There is a great opportunity to build on the fantastic partnerships John and his team have established to further enhance the game day experience for our university partners and their fans.”
Tailgate Express customers will be able to renew and book new packages directly with REVELXP for the 2023 season.