OGDEN — For the first time since the franchise’s inception in 1994, the Ogden Raptors are changing the wordmark on their jersey fronts as the team unveils a new set of threads for the 2017 season.
The set includes the standard white, blue and gray uniform tops. The white tops (worn at home) and blue alternate tops (worn home and away) both feature the new “Raptors” wordmark on the front that was unveiled as part of a new logo package in 2016.
Uniform color schemes were previously changed, but this is the first font change to the wordmark on jerseys in 24 seasons as a franchise.
"We just felt it was time for a change,” Raptors president Dave Baggott said. The team intended the change to coincide with last year’s logo change, but he said the timing for licensing and manufacturing didn’t work out.
The road grays feature an all-caps “OGDEN” font styled after the classic Brooklyn Dodgers “B” that franchise once wore on its hats.
All three sets feature the club’s new running raptor image on the right sleeve, while raptor footprints remain on the left sleeve.
The team has also ordered yet-to-arrive updates to its digital camouflage and Hawaiian uniform tops. The digital camo tops will be based on a blue color scheme instead of past green or brown sets.
Baggott said the new camo jerseys “might be my favorite look” and he expects them to be a fan favorite. Players will wear them every Friday home game as a nod to the military community and the importance of Hill Air Force Base to the area, he said.
Hawaiian jerseys will continue to be worn on Aloha Sundays, when fans are encouraged to wear Hawaiian shirts and kids 12 and under get in free.
Previous white and gray uniform tops were a classic, heavier polyester, while alternate blues were more breathable and performance-friendly. The new sets will allow players the lighter fabric no matter which color they wear, Baggott said.