“Respect the past, represent the future.”
The University of Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon announced the return of its retro color scheme and introduced a new secondary logo, as well as new uniforms and number font for all 19 athletic programs.
“Pitt people are passionate about their university and love showing their pride in numerous ways, especially by wearing Panthers gear and merchandise,” athletic director Heather Lyke said in a statement. “But for too long we were disjointed in our Pitt branding, whether it be our colors or logos.”
Pitt first donned royal blue and athletic/mustard gold in 1973, the football program’s first season under legendary coach Johnny Majors. The Panthers were among the nation’s worst teams at the time, but steadily improved their record over the next few years, which culminated in an undefeated season and national championship in 1976.
The color scheme remained a staple of Pitt athletics until the department switched to navy and Vegas Gold in 1997. A roaring Panther logo was also introduced, but that went through a considerable facelift after only a few years and was eventually scrapped.
Over the last few seasons, nostalgia became a huge selling point for Pitt. The Panthers’ football and basketball programs wore throwback uniforms to much fanfare, and a return to the retro color scheme was widely expected.
“It evokes our legends while anticipating future greatness,” Lyke said. “There is power in the Pitt brand and these colors and marks will maximize that strength for Panthers past, present and future.”
The new number font and striping pattern pays tribute to Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning, a historic landmark and centerpiece of the university, while the new secondary logo is based on the fountain at the entrance of the building.
Check out some photos of the new uniforms below: