Virginia Tech officially unveiled new burnt orange helmets that the team will wear in the Orange Bowl against Stanford on January 3rd. It is believed to be the first time in team history that the Hokies will wear orange helmets.
The helmets were shown in the members area of Beamerball.com last week, but this is the first official Virginia Tech Athletic Department release regarding the helmets. The photo shown at right was included in a news release on hokiesports.com Sunday.
The release did not definitively state that Virginia Tech has never worn orange helmets before, but instead used the language “… it’s believed to be the first time in the history of Virginia Tech football that orange helmets will be worn.”
The press release was also not specific about what the rest of the uniform will look like. Information has been circulating that white jerseys and white pants, both with orange and maroon throwback stripes, will be worn with the orange helmets. This would be similar to the uniforms worn in the ACC Championship Game, except with orange helmets instead of white helmets. But the press release only referenced “white jerseys” and did not mention pants at all.
The Virginia Tech team captains were presented with “numerous uniform combinations” and chose the orange helmets. The team will wear the helmets in practice to break them in.
The Hokies will face Stanford on January 3rd at 8:00 PM.