WILMINGTON – MAR. 28, 2018 – The Philadelphia 76ers, a Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) property, unveiled today the Delaware Blue Coats, the new brand identity for its NBA G League affiliate. Inspired by the 1st Delaware Regiment soldiers who were known for their signature blue combat uniforms and legendary courage during the American Revolution, the Delaware Blue Coats are set to take the floor in the 2018-19 NBA G League season.
Set to open in the fourth quarter of 2018, 76ers Fieldhouse will host approximately 2,500 fans at each of the Blue Coats’ 24 home games. 2018-19 Delaware Blue Coats Founding Membership deposits are on sale now. Fans can Join the Revolution at SIXERS.COM/BlueCoats or by calling (302) 504-7587 or emailing BlueCoatsTickets@76ers.com.
Download the Delaware Blue Coats brand identity video and images of the team logo, court design and uniform mockup here. Follow the Blue Coats across social media: on Twitter @Blue_Coats, on Instagram @DelawareBlueCoats and at Facebook.com/DelawareBlueCoats.
Sporting 76ers’ blue with red and white accents, the Blue Coats’ primary logo depicts famed Delawarean and Founding Father Caesar Rodney on his legendary horseback ride of 1776. Rodney, Delaware’s representative in the first Continental Congress, rode 80 miles to Philadelphia in a thunderstorm through the night in order to cast a tie-breaking vote for American Independence.
The Delaware Regiment is widely considered to have been among the finest and most skillful in the Continental Army. Its soldiers became known for their uniquely pristine and distinguished dress – having been outfitted with their iconic blue coats with red trim in a trade deal brokered by Rodney himself.
Rodney, portrayed in the team’s primary logo palming a basketball and seated on a saddle emblazoned with the iconic 76, briefly commanded the Delaware Regiment when its esteemed Colonel John Haslet was lost at the Battle of Princeton. Further solidifying their place in American lore, 100 brave Delaware Regiment soldiers clad in blue coats famously crossed the Delaware River alongside General George Washington in December 1776.