After three years of their Red Rock-themed gradient uniforms, the Utah Jazz unveiled a new version Monday — something similar but with a twist.
The team’s new “Dark Mode” City Edition jerseys for the 2020-21 season are a predominantly black take-off on what they have been wearing since 2017-18 — “a continued celebration of the natural wonders across the team’s home state,” as the Jazz phrased it in a news release.
The top portion of the jersey and the left leg of the shorts feature a simplified color band scheme from the previous City Edition uniforms. The “Jazz state” logo — an outline of the state of Utah embedded with the basketball lines from the team’s primary logo — has been moved to the right leg of the shorts. The Jazz said the asymmetry of the shorts legs are intended to be “an homage to the team’s late ’90s purple mountain uniform, which included a mountain range on the left leg.”
Other features include a Delicate Arch logo on the waistband of the shorts, a white-colored “Utah” across the chest, numbers in plain, non-outlined yellow and yellow trim along the neck and sleeve lines. There are white Nike logos adorning both the upper right of the jersey and upper left of the shorts, the NBA logo on the upper right of the shorts, and a “5 for the Fight” patch on the upper left.
The “5 for the Fight” patch — sponsored by Qualtrics, the company founded by pending new owner Ryan Smith — remains the only cause-related jersey patch in the NBA, as it encourages fans to donate $5 to cancer research.
These uniforms are the team’s first with black as the predominant color since the alternate black-and-copper jerseys worn by the Jazz between the 1998-99 to 2003-04 seasons.
“Our original City Edition uniforms, which featured cascading color bands as the primary design element, have been some of the most popular and best-selling jerseys in franchise history since they were first released in the 2017-18 season,” Bart Sharp, the Jazz’s senior vice president of marketing, said in a statement. “Our latest take on this theme continues to represent how this team belongs to the entire state, as these Jazz uniforms remain the only ones with ‘Utah’ emblazoned across the chest.”
The team’s other three announced uniforms for 2020-21 include the white-colored Association design, the blue-colored Icon design, and — much to the chagrin of of superstitious fans (and players) — the yellow-colored Statement design.
City Edition merchandise will be available beginning Dec. 3 at jazzteamstore.com and the Utah Jazz Team Store at Vivint Arena. Adult jerseys are available for pre-sale at jazzteamstore.com with an expected shipping date in March. Every jersey purchase will include a complimentary exclusive City Edition-themed face covering.
Hours after announcing the Dark Mode uniform update, the Jazz also released images of corresponding design changes to their City Edition court, which now features the “Jazz state” logo at center court and the gradient color bands in the paint areas and end lines.