The Atlanta Hawks will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of their first season in Atlanta with a couple new uniforms, a special black-and-gold court, and an anniversary logo. The Hawks relocated from St. Louis to Atlanta for the 1968-69 season, playing their first game in their new home at Georgia Tech on October 16, 1968.
“This fall we begin a year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary, a celebration that includes community events, fan favourites, and great new throwback uniforms,” Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin said at the event announcing this earlier tonight. “When the Hawks moved to Atlanta they had powder blue and red uniforms they proudly wore, this year we’re bringing them back in style and in class.”
The throwback uniform is a fairly faithful reproduction of that original powder blue road uniform Koonin referred to in his announcement; “HAWKS” is arched across the front in red trimmed with white, numbers below red with a white drop shadow. Collars, cuffs, sides, and the shorts all feature a red/white/navy blue/white/red striping pattern. Those extra advertisements on the uniform are a special bonus treat just for us lucky basketball fans here in 2018.
“We’re bringing it back, old-school, new colours,” Hawks power forward John Collins said as he modelled the new throwback uniform. “I don’t know if I like the baby blue, I went to Wake (Forest) and all.”
This uniform is officially classified as a “throwback uniform” which means the Hawks will have five uniforms overall for the 2018-19 season.
In addition to the throwback uniform, the Hawks will also play on a 50th anniversary court on select nights, the court is black and gold and includes the team’s 50th anniversary logo at centre court:
“Gold signifies the 50th anniversary”, Koonin said as an image of the new court appeared on a screen behind him. He added that the court will come with a matching (City) uniform that the team will be revealing later on in the season.
So it sounds like we can expect a new black-and-gold Atlanta Hawks uniform sometime this fall which would join the usual rotation along with the powder blue throwback unveiled today.