NFL dropping Roman numerals for Super Bowl 50

In use since Super Bowl V, the NFL has decided to ditch Roman numerals for the game's golden anniversary.

The National Football League announced on Wednesday that the Super Bowl will abandon its use of Roman numerals for the 2015-2016 season, but will return for Super Bowl LI. In use since Super Bowl V, the league felt that using the letter "L" instead of "50" would be unpleasing to the eye.

As they have since 2010, when the league went to a standardized look, the NFL made two logos for the game, which will take place on February 7, 2016 at Levi’s Stadium, new home of the San Francisco 49ers. The national logo simply features the Lombardi Trophy in silver and Super Bowl wordmark in silver with "50" in gold, signifying the big game’s golden anniversary. The regional logo follows the same template, but also includes Levi’s Stadium, as well as other notable San Francisco landmarks. Sublimated in the golden numbers are the Golden Gate Bridge and the Transamerica Pyramid.

The NFL will return to using Roman numerals for Super Bowl LI, which takes place at Houston's NRG Stadium (formerly Reliant Stadium) on February 5, 2017.

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