“We really wanted to come up with a jersey that’s

## ## Magic unveil new city uniforms with splash of orange

While Jason Ansley grew up a Phoenix Suns fan, the Ansleys are recent additions to the Magic fan base. Stacey Ansley said the family became fans and season ticket holders when the team signed Carter Williams last year.

“We love everything that he has brought to the team,” she said. “We love that he doesn’t give up on the play, and that’s stuff we want to teach our kids in life is, you don’t give up on the play. So once we saw that he was going to be on the team, we knew that we wanted to be season ticket holders, and so we’re super excited to see what this season still has for us.”

The City Edition uniforms pay tribute to the long established connection between Orlando and the color orange. The Magic’s uniform reveal news release noted orange is clear across the city, from sunshine to citrus to Orange County to Orange Avenue.

The Magic collaborated with the NBA and Nike for nearly two years, with close to two dozen staff members working on the project, according to Magic CEO Alex Martins.

“We’re really excited about it,” Martins said. “We really wanted to come up with a jersey that’s really reflective of our city and our market, and we think we’ve hit on it. This representation of really the history of Orlando and Orange County, and our citrus industry, in particular, and focusing on the orange. Orange is in the roots of our entire area, whether it’s the citrus industry or Orange County or Orange Avenue, and we really wanted to be reflective of that. So we’re excited about it.”

Martins said keeping the design a secret was challenging, especially with so many of the Magic players being active on social media. He said Nike and the NBA had a strict timeline on when the jerseys could be released.

This will be the fourth and final uniform in the Magic’s collection this season. They most recently unveiled their Statement uniforms, featuring splashes of the team’s classic pinstripes on the shorts and jersey. The other uniforms include Icon and Association.

The City Edition uniform for each NBA team honors the city and its fans and will change each season. This current ORL version only will be worn this season, Martins said.

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