The Los Angeles Chargers unveiled new uniforms on Tuesday morning, marking the first significant update to the franchise’s overall look since the 2007 season — when they were still located in San Diego.
“Whether it’s a Sunday cruising down the Venice Boardwalk or taking in the sights and sounds at the Olvera Street Marketplace, there’s an unmistakable energy that’s unique to Los Angeles. And while it’s not easy to reflect a vibe in uniforms, we set out to do just that with a bold, vibrant, and electric update that pays tribute to our AFL roots.”
The uniform reveal comes a little under one month after Los Angeles unveiled a sleeker, more streamlined logo and associated wordmarks, which make the Chargers’ Powder Blue and Sunshine Gold color scheme even more prominent than before.
Los Angeles’ white helmet notably remains intact, as does the gold facemask first introduced with the team’s Color Rush set in 2016. The only discernible differences are the updated logo and the addition of numerals on both sides of the helmet, as well as the new wordmarks on the front and back bumpers.
The Chargers’ home and road uniforms, meanwhile, are completely devoid of navy blue, matching the new primary logo. They also feature a simplified design on the shoulders, notably lacking the contrasting panels that previously housed the lightning bolts, and a new custom number font that pulls inspiration from the car culture of Los Angeles in the 1960s.
Los Angeles kept its royal blue Color Rush uniform in the rotation but also unveiled an all-navy Color Rush uniform that follows the same design as the home and road sets, but completely and interestingly lacks powder blue. Whenever that uniform is worn, the team will swap the helmet decals with a new navy blue and gold version of primary logo, while the facemask will change from gold to navy blue, as well.
The Chargers now have four different pairs of pants, each of which include the simplified bolt design. The white and yellow pants are the only ones that can be worn with the home and road set, however, while the royal and navy blue pants go with their monochrome Color Rush sets, respectively.
Los Angeles’ uniform unveiling was a bit different than other teams this offseason — which has so far included the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers — in that the Chargers did not give any extended explanation for the changes. Instead, they shared comments from some current and former players.
“The all-navy has always been my favorite, and those are even cooler,” said defensive end Joey Bosa.
“I love the yellow pants. Those are awesome,” said offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga said,
“The white are clean, but then you don’t want to make a tackle until the third quarter cause you’re too clean,” said Chargers great and FOX Sports personality Marcellus Wiley.
“That’s the best uniform in the NFL. Hands down. Not even close,” said safety Rayshawn Jenkins.
“New stadium, new look. I rock with it,” said wide receiver Mike Williams, “
The Chargers and Los Angeles Rams are set to open their shared state-of-the-art stadium in Inglewood in July.
Photos via the Los Angeles Chargers.