NFL to ditch Roman numeral ‘L’ for Super Bowl 50
The NFL announced Wednesday that Super Bowl 50 will not use the traditional Roman numeral in 2016.
It’s the first time since 1971 the league has used a standard Arabic numeral for the big game, which would have been Super Bowl L.
The change is just for this year vice president of brand and creative Jamie Weston told ESPN. Weston said the “L” is not pleasing to the eye.
The league has made two logos for the game, which will take place Feb. 7, 2016, at Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. Both the national and regional logo feature the “50” in gold, serving to call attention to the game’s golden anniversary as well as the game’s location in the “Golden State.”
The league has been using Roman numerals since Super Bowl V.
Weston said the NFL will return to Roman numerals for Super Bowl LI in 2017.