The Ottawa RedBlacks unveiled two new uniforms on Saturday morning, including a white road set and a red alternate that pays homage to the teams that once called their city home.
In a surprising move, Ottawa is retaining its current black home jersey, which features a RedBlacks workmark across the chest, custom number font and red side panels down the sides of the jersey and pants that extend to the collar.
The previous road set mimicked that design, but that has been replaced with a new look that includes red shoulder yoke and the franchise’s signature plaid pattern on the collar and down the sides. The nameplate on the away jersey has also been changed from black to red.
The red alternate, meanwhile, shares the same design template as the new white road uniform, with black shoulder yoke and side panels and a RedBlacks workmark across the chest. The jersey will be paired with Ottawa’s standard black helmet and the black pants from the home set, which includes an “RNation” workmark along the truncated side panel.
All three New Era uniforms feature the RedBlacks’ primary logo on the sleeves and hip of the pants, as well as red socks.
That said, this isn’t the first red alternate uniform in the RedBlacks’ eight-year history, as they previously wore a red jersey that prominently displayed gray buzzsaw on the chest and a plaid pattern on the sleeve caps and side panels, as seen above.
These uniforms, which were part of the Canadian Football League’s “Signature” line, were worn five times across the 2014-15 seasons. Much like the new red alternate, they were supposed to honor the Ottawa Rough Riders (1876-1996) and Ottawa Renegades (2002-08), which both donned red jerseys at one point in their respective histories.
Check out more photos of the RedBlacks new uniforms below:
Photos and screenshots courtesy of the Ottawa RedBlacks.