Oregon Takes Next Step in Evolution of Game-Day Apparel
May 2, 2003
EUGENE -- The University of Oregon will take another step in the evolution of design and technology of its football uniforms when it officially dons the revised look for its Aug. 30, 2003, opener at Mississippi State.
The uniform alterations were implemented as a result of feedback solicited from current Oregon players, coaches and fans, and are designed to accentuate the university's green and yellow color scheme. The mutually agreed upon design and technological advancements were provided by Nike as part of its all-sports apparel agreement with the university, which is entering its eighth year.
Highlighting the revisions to the football uniforms, which were first introduced prior to the 1999 season, is a concentration of one brighter shade of green fabric in contrast to the two-tone green jerseys and pants that have been worn during the Ducks' previous home games. The thunder green jerseys will replace the mallard green and dark spruce color configuration that Oregon has worn for the past four years, while the program's helmets will remain unchanged.
In addition to the school's traditional home green and road white uniforms, the Ducks will introduce a third uniform option to its game-day apparel, which will consist of a lightning yellow jersey and pant. Although other of the university's intercollegiate athletic programs have utilized yellow as part of their uniform wardrobe, it is believed to be the first time Oregon's football team has added a yellow jersey to its look.
In addition to the aesthetics alterations, the new jersey will offer Oregon athletes a tighter fit yet provide greater elasticity to aid in a wider range of motion. A vent also is incorporated in the upper panel in the back of the jersey to promote additional air circulation underneath the players' equipment, while a velcro element will be included in the shoulders of the jersey to help alleviate slippage between the jersey and shoulder pads.
Each of the three different styles of game pants will utilize a lighter weight of fabric than the past and is designed to retain less moisture than its predecessors.
Yet the most technological innovation incorporated within the uniform revision revolves around a patent-pending cooling vest offered to players, with the system relying on humidity-free compressed air pumped into the vest to decrease the body temperature of players in order to combat fatigue and enhance performance. The feature is designed to cool and dry the upper body of players where the greatest moisture and heat is retained.
Replicas of the Ducks' revised football jerseys will be available for sale to the general public beginning this afternoon at the University of Oregon Bookstore (13th Ave. and Kincaid) and the Duck Shop (Moshofsky Center), as well as in Autzen Stadium during Saturday's Spring Game intrasquad scrimmage. Statewide distribution through retail outlets is expected to be in place by the first of next week.