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Super Bowl XLV Colors

Decorate with Black, Green, White, and Gold

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It's black & gold vs. green & gold when the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. Former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman may be providing the color commentary for the game, but I've got your commentary on the team colors.

Use these colors for your Super Bowl party invitations and decorations or just read along for fun.

Steelers and Packers Team Colors

Pittsburgh Steelers: Black, white, and gold; Green Bay Packers: Green, white, and gold.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Black, white, and gold; Green Bay Packers: Green, white, and gold.

If you're decorating your Super Bowl party with both team colors, it's going to be a very limited palette this year. The teams share gold and white and their third colors are both dark. No feminine pinks, purples, or lavenders here. And the always popular color of blue is only found in small doses in the Steelers logo.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers team colors are black, gold, and white.
  • Green Bay Packers team colors are green, gold, and white.

Keep reading, below, to see how these team colors might symbolize the game of football and the goal of the Super Bowl (to win!).

Black

Bad boy black is one of the Steeler's colors.
Bad boy black is one of the Steeler's colors.

Black can be mysterious, sexy, and sophisticated. While some individual Steelers may think that fits them, in the case of the team itself black is probably more the color of rebellion with a touch of the bad guy reputation. That's not a bad attitude for a football team wanting to intimidate their opponent.

This black is an approximation of PANTONE Process Black C. It's Hex #2B2926 or RGB 43,41,38, a very dark, dark gray. For purposes of your party invitations and decorations, you can just use plain old black (Hex #000000 or RGB 0,0,0,0). In this case, the symbolism is the same.

Green

With green in their name is it any wonder that green is one of the Green Bay Packers colors?
With green in their name is it any wonder that green is one of the Green Bay Packers colors?

Green, such as the dark green of the Green Bay Packers, is associated with Ireland and the Irish. Will the Packers harness the luck of the Irish?

Harmony, stability, and balance (such as both their offense and defense doing equally well, perhaps) are some of the traditional attributes of green.

This dark green is Hex #214230 or RGB 33,66,48. 

White

How long will those uniforms stay clean and white?
How long will those uniforms stay clean and white?

White may normally be seen as signifying purity or softness, but in the case of football, I think it's safe to say it's simply a neutral background color that goes well with almost any color. Plus white uniforms tend to be cooler during summer games and workouts on hot days (which is probably not going to be the case in Dallas in February).

Plain white is #FFFFFF or RGB 255,255,255. You could make it a little bit more like the middle of the game by using a dirty, dingy white instead.

Gold

Will this year's Super Bowl rings be made of yellow gold?
Will this year's Super Bowl ring be made of yellow gold?

Gold is wealth, prosperity, and grandeur, something to which all the teams, team owners, and team members aspire. Many of us probably think of Packers gold as cheesehead yellow. The Steelers  also use this yellow shade of gold.

Yellow as the color of cowardice and deceit is probably not the symbolism these teams are going for. The more positive side of yellow would be representative of their Super Bowl hopes: the joy of winning, and perhaps a dash of danger aimed at their opponents. I wonder, does the use of the same yellow gold by both teams cancel it out?

This yellow-gold is #F7B512 or RGB 247,181,18

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