Kentucky will be embracing a checkerboard pattern on their brand new football uniforms for the 2016 season. The Wildcats will also feature a new secondary logo designed by Nike. Kentucky and Nike unveiled the new updated look of Kentucky’s football and basketball program Friday morning, complete with an all-blue, all-white and an all-black uniform set for the football team.
“They’re always on the cutting edge, and the players like it and that’s what matters most,” Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops said, referring to longtime partner Nike. “The players like it, we like it.”
Kentucky’s all-blue uniform set was the first uniform to be modeled and featured what looked to be a blue metallic-finish on the helmet. The new signature feature of the uniform can be found on the shoulder pads, where Nike and Kentucky have come together to embrace a checkerboard pattern that is inspired by the rich horse racing history in the state. So what if it looks like something Tennessee would wear, in orange of course.
The all-white uniform, including white helmet with a blue primary logo, was next to come from behind the stage. This was basically a complete color swap of the blue set. As you can see, the new secondary logo is featured on the hip of the pants. This was also on the blue uniform.
Finally, because no new uniform design is complete without a trendy darker alternate look, Kentucky showed off an updated
black anthracite-colored uniform, with hints of blue. This also came complete with a matching helmet, which also included a blue logo.
Nike steered clear of any drastic upgrades to the primary Kentucky logo, an interlocking “U” and “K,” but did design the new secondary logo from scratch. The new blue flaming wildcat logo had already leaked but now it is official. The checkerboard pattern was also made official as a part of the updated Kentucky branding effort.