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As the Cleveland Cavaliers enter their 45th anniversary season in 2015-16, they will do so with new threads that uniquely tie the team’s rich history with their electric present and exciting future. The Cavs will debut three new adidas alternate uniforms this season, each reflecting previous eras of Cavaliers basketball while also incorporating current-day trends. The new looks will rotate with four uniforms that continue from last season – home white, road wine, gold alternate and navy alternate.
As a throwback to the early days, the Cavs will bring back the gold retro Hardwood Classics home uniform the team wore during the 1974-80 seasons. The jersey features “CAVALIERS” across the chest in wine, with wine numbers and lettering, and alternating wine and white block piping on the jersey and shorts. While many fans remember the times these uniforms were originally worn, this updated version will expose younger fans to the early years of the franchise.
The 2015-16 season will feature six “Hardwood Classics Nights” at The Q, each focusing on a unique aspect of that era. A Miracle of Richfield Celebration presented by FirstEnergy on March 4th will be entirely dedicated to the 1975-76 team who led the Cavaliers to their first playoff appearance and first Central Division title.
The popular “CAVS” wordmark from the front of the team’s jerseys during the 1980’s – featuring the “V” basket with a net and ball - will return this season, this time in gold lettering on a wine jersey. It will include white numbers with a gold outline, and gold lettering on the back. The jersey and shorts will both feature wine and gold trim. This year’s version is an update of a “CavFanatic” jersey worn during the 2009-10 season.
The uniform will make its debut at the Cavs home opener against the Miami Heat on October 30th. All fans in attendance on Opening Night presented by Kenda Tires will receive a free t-shirt replica of the jersey, courtesy of Cleveland Clinic.
Over the course of the 45-year history of the Cavs, the team has worn three versions of a black uniform: 1994-97, 1997-99 and 1999-2003. The 2015-16 season will mark the return of the black uniform, this time with the present-day logo and sleeves. It will be the first time the Cavaliers will wear a sleeved jersey.
The black jersey will feature a large wine “C” logo with gold trim on the center of the chest, wine numbers with a gold outline, and gold lettering on the back. The neck and shorts will include wine and gold trim.
SELECT NEW JERSEYS AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY
Both the wine “CAVS” logo and black sleeved jerseys will be available immediately online at cavaliersteamshop.com and beginning Thursday morning at the Cavs Team Shop at The Q for the following players: Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Kevin Love (black sleeved only), Timofey Mozgov and J.R. Smith. The remaining players’ jerseys in wine and black will be available online and at the Team Shop beginning with the home opener on October 30th.
Fans are able to take part in an online presale for the gold Hardwood Classics jerseys beginning immediately on cavaliersteamshop.com, for the following players: Irving, James, Love, Mozgov and Smith. The remaining players’ Hardwoods Classics jerseys will be available online and at the Team Shop on November 19th for the first “Hardwood Classics Night.”
SEE THE NEW UNIS IN ACTION
Tickets are still available for the Cavs home opener on October 30th and all regular season home games and can be purchased online at cavs.com/tickets.
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