The storied college football rivalry between the University of Notre Dame
and the University of Michigan gets a special new twist this fall.
Today ND unveiled retro football uniforms that the Fighting Irish will
wear against the Wolverines on Sept. 10th, to honor of the first ever
night game at Michigan Stadium.
This is the first prime-time matchup between the Irish and Wolverines since 1990; when both were ranked in the top-five.
"We are happy to partner with adidas to help commemorate the first
night game at Michigan Stadium with new uniforms," said Notre Dame head
football coach Brian Kelly
"It seems fitting that the two schools with the two best winning
percentages in college football play in this historic game. I know our
players are looking forward to the contest and both teams' new uniforms
will only add to the excitement in the Big House on September 10."
Paying homage to the rich football tradition of Notre Dame football,
the Irish "Under the Lights" adidas uniform includes a white jersey with
Kelly green lettering and two Kelly green shoulder stripes, old
gold-colored pants, white socks with green stripes and white shoes. A
large shamrock logo appears on the traditional gold helmet for thefirst
time since the early 1960s. The years the Fighting Irish won National
Championships are listed inside the bottom hem of the jersey.
"Since 1997, adidas and Notre Dame
have had a strong relationship and we are glad to produce an exciting
opportunity for our student-athletes and fans by creating vintage
uniforms for this game," said Notre Dame Vice President and Director of
Athletics Jack Swarbrick. "Special events like this make college
football unique on the sporting landscape and we are happy to partner
with adidas and Michigan in this project. We look forward to working
with adidas in honoring our unparalleled history and tradition while
also focusing on new and innovative initiatives for the future."
"Notre Dame's first-ever varsity
football game was against Michigan in 1887 so the 'Under the Lights'
game is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the long-standing heritage
between two of the most successful programs in college football
history." said Jon Yuska, director of sports licensing design, adidas.
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