The Super Bowl is nearly here, and this year is extra exciting in terms of colour, because it's the first time that two primarily red teams are going head to head. And to celebrate this potentially quite confusing colour clash, colour experts Pantone are even getting involved.
The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers are only one official Pantone hue apart, with the Kansas team represented by a slightly lighter tone – Pantone 186 C to be exact – and the San Francisco 49ers playing in Pantone 187 C.
This is the first time such colour synergy has happened in Super Bowl history, and Pantone is so excited that it's decided to live tweet the game.
As color nerds we’re excited because this is the first time the Big Game pits two teams with the same primary team color against each other. Which are you rooting for?#BigGameColorCommentary pic.twitter.com/IDkLM8zkrVJanuary 30, 2020
And of course, almost identical team colours also means almost identical branding colours across the board. Check out the teams' logos below:
Super Bowl LIV will be the first Super Bowl between two teams with red prominently in their logo.The Chiefs Red is Pantone 186C.The 49ers Red is Pantone 187 C. pic.twitter.com/KrSbVQAKxhJanuary 20, 2020
We quite like the idea of having a Super Bowl commentary that solely consists of comments on colour (not colourful comments, you understand). It'll definitely be worth following Pantone on Twitter to see what it comes up with. What shade is the ball exactly? And will the account be analysing any bloody noses in terms of their Pantone hue? We hope not.
And as for the Super Bowl, the phrase 'Come on you reds!' has never been more appropriate. May the best team win, or at least the best colour (we prefer the scarlet tones of 187 C, sorry Kansas City Chiefs).