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Concordia University unveils new look for its varsity sports teams

New uniforms to make debut at football home opener


Montreal, September 2, 2015 – Stronger, cooler, sleeker and, most importantly, united. That’s the message the new Concordia Stingers brand, logo and uniforms will convey to their fans as well as their rivals. It’s a bold departure while remaining true to the spirit and tradition of varsity sports on campus.

“We wanted our new image to transcend sports and competition”, says Alan Shepard, president and vice-chancellor of Concordia. “We also had a unique opportunity to further strengthen the already deep sense of pride that exists within the Concordia community. From our students and their parents, our faculty and staff, to our alumni and donors, we are hoping to unite everyone who has a connection with the university.”

The new logo retains the traditional yellow and burgundy colors - respecting the history and influence of the university’s two founding institutions, Loyola College and Sir George Williams University - complete with stripes and a stinger. All the varsity teams will sport new uniforms starting with the opening games of their respective seasons.

“At the heart of the rebranding process was a reflection on who we are and what we stand for,” says Patrick Boivin, director of Recreation and Athletics.

The process was inspired by five pillars of Concordia’s sport programs: passion, adversity, roots, the road (an athlete’s journey to the field of play) and the hive (the buzz created by an engaged fan base).

The new look was developed following extensive consultation with students, coaches, athletes, alumni and staff. With the goal of uniting the community, a multidisciplinary team was pulled together consisting of 20 students who prepared scripts to be used in videos, publications and on the university’s multimedia platforms. Award-winning photographer, videographer and Concordia alum John Londono oversaw the photography and video production.

Over 350 student-athletes who play on 10 different varsity teams represent the Stingers. The launch of the new branding sets the stage for the upcoming sports season. “This is a very exciting time for our student-athletes, coaches and staff members,” says Boivin. “We are embarking on a new road that builds upon our rich history and a passion that will lead us to future success.”

Football fans will get an opportunity to see the new uniforms on Friday, September 4, when the Stingers play their season-opener against the Université de Sherbrooke Vert et Or at Concordia Stadium (7200 Sherbrooke St. West). The game starts at 7 p.m., preceded by a tailgate party at 5 p.m.


Fiona Downey
Fiona Downey
Public Affairs
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