The San Diego State basketball team will wear turquoise alternate uniforms against Tennessee State on Monday night (10 p.m. ET on the Mountain West Network) in honor of Native American Heritage Month.
This marks the sixth straight season in which the Aztecs will don the color turquoise, which “symbolizes harmony, friendship and fellowship for many Native American communities.”
San Diego County is home to the greatest concentration of tribes and reservations in the country, while the university resides on land once owned by the Kumeyaay tribe. It is also home to the nation’s oldest American Indian Studies department.
“We hope people realize it’s not just kind of a minor thing,” SDSU professor David Kamper told the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2016. “It’s not just another promotional event.”
Nike has been outfitting schools in the N7 turquoise uniforms since 2010, with programs such as Florida State, Gonzaga, Marquette, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma State and Oregon State having participated in recent years. San Diego State has been a part of the lineup since the 2014-15 season.
The Aztecs’ first iteration of the turquoise uniforms featured a black wordmark and numbers with red outlines, as well as a red collar and side panels. The second and third iteration ditched the red, however, as the program opted for a black wordmark and white numbers with a black outline instead. The difference between those sets were the black arm holes and collar, as well as the design on the shorts.
San Diego State’s new turquoise uniforms are somewhat reminiscent of the Chicago Bulls’ recently unveiled City jerseys, with a white wordmark and white numbers outlined in red. The collar, arm holes and shorts all have the same striping pattern, which — from a distance — looks like the inverse of the Bulls’ set. The shorts are then complete with the Aztecs’ alternate logo on the left leg.
Check out another photo of San Diego State’s turquoise uniforms, which will be auctioned after the game, below:
Photos via @Aztec_MBB on Twitter