words // Brandon Richard
via Press Release
To celebrate the first ever night game played at Michigan Stadium and the first primetime meeting between the Wolverines and Notre Dame since 1990, adidas Football has unveiled a special set of retro-style uniforms that will be worn for the game by both teams. ESPN will broadcast the game nationally at 8 p.m. EST on September 10th.
"We wanted to celebrate the long-standing heritage between two of the most successful programs in college football history for this special Under the Lights game," said Jon Yuska, director of sports licensing design, adidas. "Michigan and Notre Dame's jerseys are two of the most iconic in all of sports and these new vintage-inspired uniforms highlight design cues from throughout the schools' rich football traditions."
The Wolverines' uniform combines design elements from different eras of Michigan football into its look. Featured is a large block M on the chest, player numbers above the heart, repeated striped sleeves and a quilted stitch design on the letters and numbers. For the first time since the late 1960s, player numbers also appear on Michigan's signature winged helmet. Celebrating the team's decorated history, "132 Years of Championship Football" is stitched on the inside collar and Michigan's National Championship years are displayed on the inside bottom hem of the jersey.
"We are excited about playing in this intense rivalry, and this historic night game provides an opportunity to wear a retro-looking uniform that pays homage to our rich history," said Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke. "Our players like the throwback uniforms and it will be something that is exciting for the fans."
To salute the rich history of Notre Dame's football program, the "Under the Lights" Irish uniform includes a white-based jersey with Kelly Green lettering and shoulder stripes, old gold pants, green-striped socks and white shoes. The traditional gold helmets are adorned with a large shamrock for the first time since the early 1960s. Also on the bottom hem of Notre Dame's jersey are the years of their National Championships.
"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."
Fans can purchase the Michigan and Notre Dame retro jerseys starting August 1 for $80. Later this summer, adidas will launch an "Under the Lights" fan collection - including retro style t-shirts, hats, jackets and sweatshirts featuring a vintage feel and design inspired by Michigan and Notre Dame football history and their long-standing rivalry.
For more information, photos and videos of the "Under the Lights" uniforms, visit facebook.com/adidasfootballUS.