UT football to sport special ‘Glass City’ uniforms for BGSU gameWritten by Tom Konecny | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Stepping on broken glass is a dangerous proposition, and that may just be the metaphorical uniform edge the University of Toledo football team is seeking in its annual rivalry game with Bowling Green State University on Nov. 19.
Official UT equipment supplier Under Armour has outfitted the Rockets with new “Glass City” uniforms featuring a broken glass pattern, specifically for its big game of the year against the Falcons on national TV.
“In talking with [Head] Coach [Matt] Campbell, and talking to people upstairs, they wanted to keep it local and in the family” said Jeremy Boyd, football equipment manager. “So, that’s really how it originated.”
The one-time use, dark grey uniforms with blue and gold trim will include a special helmet decal with Toledo’s familiar Glass City nickname, as well as those same words across the front jersey chest. The uniform’s shoulder, number pattern and pants all include a new shattered glass-inspired pattern, specifically developed for UT by Under Armour.
“We wanted to tie in our slogan this year, ‘Glass City, Our City,’ into the uniforms and really represent the city of Toledo,” Campbell said. “We especially wanted to honor the servicemen here in the Glass City, in particular the Toledo Firefighter Foundation. All proceeds from the auctioned uniforms following the game will go to the TFF. These are jerseys we think our players and fans will really love.”
The uniforms were designed almost a year in advance, and will be shown to the UT players once they arrive at the stadium before the BGSU game, according to Paul Helgren, associate athletic director.
There are no plans at this time to make the jerseys available for retail sale, although that could change upon demand.
Last season the team placed the city’s nickname on the front helmet bumper, and everyone loved it, Boyd said, so that spurred the full uniform nickname treatment this year.
In recent years the team has unveiled a new alternate uniform, so might next year’s edition highlight another Toledo tradition, such as Jeep?
“We always keep our options open,” Boyd said.
UT is in its second year of a five-year deal with Under Armour.