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Fade to black: 49ers to wear alternate uniforms Monday vs. Vikings

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SANTA CLARA -- Football fans who didn't stay on top of all the 49ers’ offseason news might be jolted by what they see coming out of the Levi's Stadium tunnel on Monday Night Football.

Instead of their classic red-and-gold ensemble, the 49ers will be wearing black pants and black jerseys with red numbers. The team unveiled those alternate uniforms in the spring and will wear them twice this season. The first time will be against the Vikings on Sept. 14, the team announced; the second will be Nov. 29 against the Cardinals.

According to a the 49ers, the team’s original color scheme was red and white, with silver being a prominent color. Gold and black were added to the palette in the 1950s. Black primarily has served as the team’s accent color, except on the practice field. During practice in recent years, 49ers quarterbacks have been wearing black jerseys with red numbers

“After our QBs started wearing black practice jerseys, a number of players told us they’d like to see black jerseys for the entire team,” team COO Al Guido said in a statement in April. “Black has been a primary 49ers accent color for a long time and part of our brand identity since the beginning, so we feel like we’ve honored the team’s history and heritage while creating a modern look that our players and fans will enjoy wearing.”

The last time the 49ers changed their uniform was prior to the 2009 season. That’s when they returned to the bold red color used in the 1980s as well as a gray facemask. Many NFL teams wear alternate jerseys that hearken to previous eras. The 49ers’ alternate versions are more futuristic.


There also has been reshuflling of jersey numbers from the preseason. Here’s who will have new numbers:

DL Arik Armstead: 91

RB Mike Davis: 22

DT Glenn Dorsey: 90

LB Shayne Skov: 56

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