After all, life would get confusing fast if spectators couldn’t tell which squad was which.
At home, most North American football and hockey teams wear vibrant, multi-colored jerseys.
And unless special permission to do otherwise is granted, visiting players are—again, for the most part—stuck wearing white.
In both collegiate and professional contests, it’s the home team that normally dons white while their on-court guests show up in something more eye-catching.
“Opposing team uniforms shall be of contrasting colors,” reads the official NCAA men’s basketball rule book.
“The home team shall wear light game jerseys and game shorts and the away team shall wear dark game jerseys and game shorts.
Also, fans get to see a whole slew of different jersey colors and designs when a visiting team comes to town. »