WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson announced the Black Knights' football team will be donning a different uniform style this fall.
In addition to new looks for both home and road games, Army will sport a special "Dress Gray" uniform style as a tribute to the U.S. Corps of Cadets and the Long Gray Line when the Black Knights square off against Air Force at Michie Stadium on Nov. 6.
Army will continue wearing black jerseys (with gold swatches) and gold pants (with a black stripe) for its home games, while donning white jerseys (with black swatches) and gold pants (with a black stripe) on the road. The Black Knights will also feature a white-pants (with thin gold and black stripes) option, an "India Whites" style, for road games played in warm weather climates. The word "Army" will be printed in small lettering centered on the chest of both jerseys above the uniform number, with the words "West Point" emblazoned along the back name plate atop the jersey number.
The United States Military Academy crest will be displayed on the left sleeve of the jerseys, while the Black Knights will continue to wear their timeless gold helmets with their normal home and away sets of uniforms.
"I am very excited about the look of our new uniforms," stated Anderson. "Nike has devised a sleek, performance-based material that will add to the comfort level of our players. We feel the addition of the West Point crest and the words ‘West Point' will resonate well with all members of the Long Gray Line."
Army's special "Dress Gray" uniforms, to be worn in honor of the Corps of Cadets for the Air Force game, should also resonate well with all West Pointers.
"It is very important that our football team serves as a small sampling of the Corps of Cadets as a whole," Anderson continued. "The football team is not a separate entity. Coach Ellerson and his staff have worked hard to make certain that his players serve as upstanding representatives of the Corps. We felt it was very appropriate to design a uniform that speaks to that strong tie. Our ‘dress gray' uniform is meant to symbolize the dress gray uniform worn by every West Point cadet during their time at the Academy."
In addition to containing the same elements as the new home and road jerseys, the "Dress Gray" uniforms will feature gray pants, gray jerseys and a black helmet, replete with gray stripe, to symbolize West Point's Long Gray Line.
Army's football team last changed its uniform style prior to the 2004 season.