The National Football League today unveiled the logo for Super Bowl 50, which will be held in February 2016 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
For the first time in 45 years the Super Bowl will NOT use Roman numerals in both it’s logo and in the title of the game – it will be known officially as “Super Bowl 50″, not “Super Bowl L” (nor “SuperbowL” much to my chagrin). Roman numerals will return in 2017 for Super Bowl LI.
The logo breaks, a bit, from the templated design we’ve seen since Super Bowl XLV in 2011. The Vince Lombardi Trophy design and “Super Bowl” font are carried over, however the “50″ is now gold instead of silver and is placed behind the trophy instead of below. “50″ is traditionally the “golden anniversary”, hence the use of gold in this logo (the NFL has also stated the gold also symbolizes California as the “Golden State”).
In the “Regional Logo” we get some elements of San Francisco incorporated into it. Around the Lombardi trophy is the new Levi’s Stadium, designed in a similar fashion to the other “regional” Super Bowl logos since XLV. In the “50″ are landmarks from the San Francisco Bay Area submerged in fog, from left to right we have the Transamerica Pyramid building, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the San Francisco Ferry Building, Coit Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, and Redwood trees from the Muir Woods National Monument.
A look at how the Super Bowl 50 logo fits in with the Super Bowl logos of the last 20 years (and the one still coming up next February):