June 10, 2011
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan athletic department unveiled tonight (Friday, June 10) legacy adidas football jerseys that the Wolverines will wear against Notre Dame on Sept. 10, 2011, to celebrate the first night game ever played at Michigan Stadium. The Friday evening announcement coincided with the three-month countdown to the historic game at the Big House.
This will be the first primetime meeting between the Wolverines and Fighting Irish since a 1990 matchup of top-five teams in South Bend, as ESPN will broadcast the game nationally at 8 p.m. Michigan has a 22-15-1 record all-time against Notre Dame and is 11-7 at home.
"The compilation of elements from different eras of Michigan football makes this a unique and special uniform," said Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon. "Our players have seen other schools and professional teams wear throwback uniforms and will now have an opportunity to showcase our tradition in a melding of styles. This will be a special event for our football program, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and all of our fans."
Highlighting a fusion of uniform design elements from different eras of Michigan football, the Under the Lights adidas jersey features a large block 'M' on the chest, player numbers above the heart, repeating striped sleeves and a quilting stitch design on the letters and numbers. Player numbers also appear on Michigan's famous winged helmet for the first time since the late 1960s.
To celebrate the Wolverines' rich football history, "132 Years of Championship Football" is stitched on the inside collar and the years that Michigan won the national championship are featured on the inside bottom hem of the jersey.
"We are excited about playing in this intense rivalry, and this historic night game provides an opportunity to wear a retro-looking uniform that pays homage to our rich Michigan football history," said U-M head football coach Brady Hoke. "Our players like the throwback uniforms and it will be something that is exciting for the fans."
"We wanted to celebrate the long-standing heritage between two of the most successful programs in college football history for this special Under the Lights game," said Jon Yuska, director of sports licensing design, adidas. "Michigan's maize and blue jersey is one of the most iconic in all of sports and this new vintage-inspired uniform highlights design cues from throughout Michigan's rich football tradition honoring 132 years of championship football."
Fans can purchase the Michigan legacy jersey starting Aug. 1 for $80. Visit MDen.com to pre-order your jersey for delivery in mid-August.
The athletic department and adidas also unveiled an "Under the Lights" logo for the game. Later this summer, adidas will launch an "Under the Lights" fan collection, including retro style t-shirts, hats, jackets and sweatshirts featuring a vintage feel and design inspired by Michigan football history and its Notre Dame rivalry.
Football fans can visit www.facebook.com/michiganfball to enter to win a pair of tickets to the "Under the Lights" game against Notre Dame and a replica of the Michigan football team's legacy jersey. In addition, fans can visit www.facebook.com/adidasfootballUS for more information, photos and videos of the Under the Lights collection.
adidas Football develops high-performance and lightweight football cleats, apparel and accessories for some of the greatest players and teams in the game including more than 70 collegiate football programs. adidas is a global designer and developer of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories with the mission to be the leading sports brand in the world.
Michigan Media Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423
adidas Public Relations: Michael Ehrlich (971) 234-2214