The Pittsburgh football program unveiled alternate uniforms on Sunday afternoon that pay homage to the city’s steel working industry.
The anthracite – or dark gray – uniforms will be worn on Sept. 26 against Louisville and include a hand-painted, light gray helmet with a black facemask and the Panthers’ secondary logo on both sides.
The number font, also in light gray, matches Pitt’s standard home and road sets and pulls inspiration from the Cathedral of Learning, a historic landmark and the centerpiece of the university.
The jersey features a wrought iron pattern around the collar, replicating the gate that leads into the cathedral’s Commons Room, as well as “H2P” – short for “Hail To Pitt” – on one sleeve and the script “P” on the other, with the former being evocative of the U.S. Steel Corp insignia that also inspired the Pittsburgh Steelers’ logo.
The uniform has gold accents throughout, including the Nike Swoosh on the jersey and pants, the Panther at the base of the collar and a patch on the right chest that features a blacksmith holding a hammer about to strike an anvil.
This marks the second alternate uniform in program history that draws inspiration from the steel industry that shaped the city, as the Panthers’ 2010 Nike Pro Combat set featured stenciled numbers and a gold stripe on a navy blue helmet that replicated steel “I” beams.
Pitt fell that afternoon to West Virginia, which also donned alternate uniforms that celebrated their state’s coal mining industry. The Panthers hope for a better result this time around, though, when they hit the field against the Cardinals.
Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. on the ACC Network. In the meantime, check out more photos of Pitt’s alternate uniform below:
Photos courtesy of @Pitt_FB on Twitter.