Posted by: Patrick
October 30, 2013
Change is good, right? It gives us a fresh perspective and a new view. I also think change helps us appreciate the past a little more.
ASU fans have seen the sports program go through some change in the last year. No, I’m not talking about rosters or coaches. In an effort to rebrand, ASU has updated their football uniforms and helmets. Even beloved mascot Sparky has had a couple of new looks.
If you’re a fan of college football, you know that uniforms have become almost as exciting as watching the game itself. The University of Oregon started the trend a few years ago. Now, ASU has joined the party. Every week, they wear a different uniform combination (helmets, jersey, pants). I’ve tried to do the math and I think they have over 30 different uniform combos. But how do they decide what to wear each week?
To find this out, I got a hold of Thomas Lenneberg, Assistant Media Relations Director for Football and Baseball at Arizona State. Thomas works with the media when it comes to anything football or baseball related. I asked him about this and here’s what I found out. For away games, senior leaders on the team determine what the players will wear. “ASU should be the community’s team,” said Lenneberg. So, they’ll do things like have a fans vote on what the team should wear for a game, like they did this year for the October 12th home game against Colorado.
We chatted a little more about football and then our conversation turned to the baseball team. As you may have heard, the baseball team is leaving Packard Stadium after the 2014 season and moving Phoenix Municipal Stadium after this season. There are some cosmetic changes that the stadium will undergo before the Sun Devils officially call it home. Obviously, you’ll see a lot more pitchforks on the field and on the signage. Suites will also see an upgrade, as well as the coaches’ office. They also plan to add a team Hall of Fame, which I’m pretty excited about because ASU baseball has produced some amazing players that have become All Stars in the majors.
It’s a great time to be a Sun Devils’ fan.
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