A burst of color: all four teams in Chick-fil-A Kickoff will wear home jerseys

The Clemson Sports Blog

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) stands after taking a knee on the final play of the game with Auburn.  Boyd led the Tigers with 30 of 42 passes for 386 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-24 win.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) stands after taking a knee on the final play of the game with Auburn. Boyd led the Tigers with 30 of 42 passes for 386 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-24 win.

Auburn will be the designated home team and wear its dark blue jerseys.

Clemson will be the visiting team and wear orange.

In black-and-white, things might get a bit confusing when the Tigers meet the Tigers Saturday night at the Georgia Dome.

But the Chick-fil-A Bowl is counting on high-definition television to fix the problem, in the process opening the door for a colorful new tradition.

From the Chick-fil-A Bowl's press release:

'All four teams competing in the two Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games will all wear their dark-colored home uniforms creating a unique look rarely seen in sports.

'Tennessee Orange, NC State Red, Auburn Blue and Clemson Orange will be on display on both sides of the field and in the stands as well for both the Friday night and Saturday night games. Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game organizers and the teams are encouraging fans to wear colors matching their teams’ to enhance the visual effect, saturating the Georgia Dome in the four schools’ traditional colors.

'“This new tradition is going to create an even more electric atmosphere at a venue already known for being one of the loudest and craziest in college football,” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. “It’s going to give both games a really unique look, and we know the fans will get behind this, to help create a great visual effect both in person and on TV.”

'The general rule of one team wearing a dark-colored jersey and the other wearing mostly white is in part due to the early days of black and white television when you needed the added contrast to tell one team from the other on the screen. Today’s high-definition televisions with ultra-crisp pictures essentially take that away as long as there is enough difference in the colors of the jerseys. The dark and light uniform combinations have been adopted by nearly every sport and have been the norm for generations.

'But on Friday and Saturday, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game will break that rule.

'“Gary Stokan and his staff always have a lot of good ideas around their games,” said Dabo Swinney, Clemson head coach. “We were undefeated at home last year, so we are certainly comfortable in our home uniforms. I know both sets of fans want to make the Georgia Dome seem like a home game, so it follows that both teams wear their home uniforms.”'

Being the officially-designated home team still has one advantage, however.

Auburn, as the home team Saturday night, will - under the provisions of NCAA and SEC rules - be allowed to play host to recruits on unofficial visits, just as if the game was being played at Auburn.

Among those on the sidelines will be the nation's No. 1 defensive tackle, Montravius Adams, whose recruiting is shaping up as a head-to-head battle between Clemson and Auburn.

N.C. State, as the designated home team for its Friday night game against Tennessee, was afforded the same opportunity, but opted not to invite recruits, since the game conflicts directly with most players' high school games.

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