The Ottawa Redblacks will have a new uniform in 2024

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Fans in the nation’s capital have watched the B.C. Lions, Calgary Stampeders, and Toronto Argonauts unveil new uniforms over the past few weeks and many are wondering if the Ottawa Redblacks will follow suit.

While that won’t be the case this year, the team will indeed have a new uniform in 2024, per multiple sources. However, unlike the Lions, Stamps, and Argos, the Redblacks won’t be getting a total makeover. Instead of having an entirely new set of uniforms, only one of the three they currently use will be modified and changed.

Ottawa most recently updated their looks in 2021 when the league switched from Adidas to New Era as their apparel provider.

At the time, the Redblacks introduced new road whites that prominently featured plaid on the side panels and around the collar. They also introduced a new red third jersey (below), the only alternative uniform Ottawa has had since their “signature look” in 2015.

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With this in mind, it stands to reason that the new 2024 uniform R-Nation will be seeing is an updated home look.

Next season is significant in that it marks the 10-year anniversary of the Redblacks franchise. The new uniform will be a celebration of not only the Redblacks’ first decade of existence, but also a nod to the entirety of Ottawa’s rich football history, which opens the door to all kinds of interesting possibilities.

For one game last season the team used a special decal — a white notched R, minus the saw blade — that seemed popular with fans.

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The team’s website also features various types of merchandise with the notched R without its usual saw blade. It’s a simple but effective nod back to the glory days of the Rough Riders era.

Taking all of that into account, it’s fair to wonder if next year’s new uniform might be the throwback R-Nation has been clamouring for since the franchise returned in 2014. A decade into the organization’s existence, the timing would be right for a retro-inspired look — something that links the past to the future — given that the franchise has firmly established its own brand and identity.

Santino Filoso is originally from Ottawa and has written about the Redblacks since 2013. He is the only CFL writer currently living in Brazil (as far as we know).