UCLA’s annual tradition of alternate uniforms will be commemorated on Oct. 22 against Cal, with the Bruins breaking out these new “City” jerseys as part of a Rose Bowl blackout effort. So if you can make to Pasadena at 6 p.m. on a Thursday, the school encourages you to wear black.
If you’re not happy with the alternates, take solace: The Bruins are 4-0* in alternate uniforms since 2012!
*“L.A. Nights” vs. Arizona; “L.A. Midnight” vs. Washington and in the Sun Bowl; “L.A. Steel” vs. Arizona. A total scoring margin of 166-60.
It might be difficult to uniform traditionalists to muster outrage at this news, considering that UCLA is already wearing these mesh-style jerseys as their primary home look this season.
But for an as of yet undetermined date, the Bruins will also switch to these black “City Primeknit” uniforms — which honestly, don’t look to me as distracting as the design they’ll trot out most of the time at the Rose Bowl this fall.
According to adidas, “the metallic numbers and stripes are laser cut and serrated, allowing for maximum ventilation and flexibility.” Take that, Nike!
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These are UCLA’s new home uniforms this season, featuring a mesh-style design that will no doubt be universally embraced by fans.
In an announcement that will cause no consternation among the Bruin faithful, UCLA said that the new “Primeknit” design pays homage to the school’s “tradition of grit and toughness.” The phrase “Champions made here” is stitched on the collar ribbing.
The new look will debut at the Rose Bowl on Sept. 5 against Virginia.
UCLA’s new postseason alternate uniforms, which are far from the worst thing the Bruins have ever worn. (adidas)
After the Great Zubaz Scandal of 2013, the standard for shock and awe and disgust has already been set for the world of UCLA alternate uniforms. We have seen the future, and it nearly blinded us.
So here is the newest UCLA alternate uniform, colorblocked according to the latest fashion trends. It will be worn briefly during the Pac-12 Tournament in two weeks, then stored away as all UCLA alternates always are. Adidas will tout the “lightweight, sweat-wicking technology” and “targeted ventilation zones.” When asked, players will respond with appropriate enthusiasm. Some fans will nod politely; others will wring their hands and grit their teeth.
The gyre of sporting couture whirls on.
Here is UCLA football’s latest alternate look: a gray, sort-of-shiny jersey called “L.A. Steel.”
Introducing new uniforms has become a bit of an annual event for the Bruins, who unveiled “L.A. Midnight” last year and “L.A. Nights” the year before that.
UCLA’s press release called the latest iteration the first gray uniform in school history. The gloves come together to form a “UCLA” script also featured on the pants, and a print of the Los Angeles skyline appears along the compression sleeves. Its Shockweb compression technology also supposedly “clings tightly to the body, making players more difficult to tackle.” Continue reading