The blue turf has been around since 1986 and it had been a while since we really had any significant alterations to our sports color schemes: that is until the Mountain West Conference told the Broncos they couldn’t wear blue uniforms on their blue home turf in conference games.
The Mountain West ordinance applied only to Boise State excluding Colorado State and Hawaii who wear green uniforms on green fields, because that’s totally not the same thing.
Since then we’ve had these stupid-looking grey uniforms.
This all changed during our game versus University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) when the team, and most of the fans were sporting badass black gear courtesy of the Nike Pro-Combat uniform series.
This is the kind of thing we do that makes our team, as well as our school stand out on the national stage. People see us doing this sort of cool stuff and the name “Boise State” is going to stick, even if it is just a big marketing stunt by Nike.
Big marketing stunts are okay as long as they’re not only awesome but also serving a good purpose, and let’s face it, the blackout uniforms are way better than our dumb off-grey home game uniforms courtesy of a biased Mountain West decision.
Isn’t it nice to look rad when we’re playing in our own stadium?
After all we can’t have blue uniforms on blue turf, that would be unfair, sort of like if we had green uniforms with green turf.
It’s all part of the Nike Pro-Combat uniform series and unlike the previous contributions from Nike—such as the gloves that form the iconic Bronco logo when put together—the blackout uniforms are really a neat way of addressing a bogus rule in style.
Boise State has never been very orthodox when it comes to our football. As the only football stadium in the country with a blue field, we have something to toot our horn about.
According to Boise State Athletics this is the sixth uniform combination this season, however the blackout uniforms are by far the most memorable so far and stand out more than any uniform we have sported in quite a while.
So really the cool marketing stunt is a blessing. While there is no doubt not everyone is a fan of one-off uniforms they’re a great substitute for the usual home game attire.