The UNLV football program will play its first game at state-of-the-art Allegiant Stadium later this month. So, naturally, the Rebels recently unveiled new uniforms to mark the occasion.
The iconic UNLV arch — which was first introduced by former head coach John Robinson in 1999 — remains a prominent part of the design. However, the Rebels have moved from silver helmets to anthracite lids and added the first white helmet in school history into a rotation which also includes a new scarlet design.
According to UNLV, the Rebels are one of just 11 Football Bowl Subdivision schools to have never worn a white helmet.
“This is the beginning of a new chapter, a fresh slate with a chance to write our own legacy here and to take this program somewhere it’s never been,” first-year head coach Marcus Arroyo said in a statement. “Introducing a white helmet is symbolic of our steps into the future.”
The uniforms don’t include any drastic changes aside from the update to Nike’s Vapor Untouchable template, which features a contrasting collar and cuffs. A Rebels wordmark is displayed across the chest of the home scarlet, road white and anthracite alternate, while the sleeves now have jersey numbers rather than the school’s secondary logo.
The matching pants, meanwhile, are stripeless and include the UNLV arch on the right hip opposite of the Nike Swoosh.
“Everything we do in this program, including how we present ourselves, has meaning,” Arroyo said. “The same is true of our uniform choices. The anthracite gray continues the use of a primary school color and is a reminder that we represent the university, faculty and staff, all current and former students – and particularly former players. It’s a constant reminder of who we are as a Rebel family.”
UNLV’s new uniforms will make their on-field debut on Oct. 24 at San Diego State. The Rebels will then return to Las Vegas for their home opener against in-state rival Nevada on Oct. 31.
Photos courtesy of @unlvfootball on Twitter.