Utah Jazz unveil Purple Mountain Classic jerseys
NBA.com Global on Aug 29, 2019 07:46 AM
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Utah Jazz press release
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Jazz today unveiled the team’s Classic Edition uniforms for the 2019-20 season, which revive the purple mountain theme to connect today’s Jazz players to a highly successful and celebrated era in team history.
At 11 home and select away games this season, the Jazz will wear purple uniforms based on the road kits from 1996-2004, a period that included back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998.
The Classic Edition uniforms were first revealed by the Jazz via social media this morning in a special animated video where the jerseys visually link former Jazz players Jeff Hornacek, Karl Malone and John Stockton with current Jazzmen Mike Conley, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell.
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Classic Edition jerseys are currently available for pre-sale online at jazzteamstore.com. Additional purple mountain-themed merchandise such as T-shirts and caps can be purchased now at Vivint Smart Home Arena in the Utah Jazz Team Store from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays.
Additionally, when the team takes the floor at Vivint Smart Home Arena donning their Classic Edition uniforms this season, they will play on a replica of the Jazz basketball court from that period.
“I remember as a kid watching the Jazz when they wore these jerseys in the Finals. I’m excited about them,” said new Jazz guard Mike Conley, who participated in a Classic Edition uniform rollout video. “I think it’s great. You get so used to wearing the same two or three jerseys, and then you pull out a new one and it gets your juices flowing. We’re all excited.”
The Classic Edition jersey features the prominent white-to-purple gradient mountain range and is trimmed in purple, teal, white and copper. The ’90s Jazz wordmark is featured on the front chest, while white numerals trimmed in copper and teal sit underneath.
The shorts feature the white mountain range on the left leg, the “UJ” secondary mark on the right leg and the tertiary snowflake basketball logo on the waistband.
The uniform also includes the Nike logo on both the jersey and the shorts, as well as the 5 For The Fight partnership patch on the jersey – the only cause-related jersey patch in the NBA that supports cancer research.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of sports is sharing moments and memories with family and friends,” said Bart Sharp, senior vice president of marketing for the Jazz. “It’s our hope that these Classic Edition uniforms will serve as a bridge to unite generations of our fans in their love of Jazz basketball past and present.”
On the accompanying replica court, the classic primary logo sits prominently at midcourt and the key is filled by the color teal. Purple is accented in the free throw circle, while the baseline features the snowflake basketball logo flanked by “Utah Jazz” lettering in a western motif.
As part of the Road to Tipoff presented by KUTV2 News, the Jazz will host a free Classic Edition event on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Vivint Smart Home Arena to provide a first look at the new court.
Fans will have the opportunity to buy Classic Edition jerseys and exclusive purple mountain-themed merchandise at the event, which is open to the public. In addition, ticket packages for Classic Edition games this season will be on sale at the event.
More details on the “Purple Mountain Party” will be announced at a later date.