The Cavaliers have unveiled their 2023-24 Nike NBA City Edition uniform, a regal and stately design inspired by Playhouse Square, a champion of arts and education in downtown Cleveland. The Cavs will debut the newest installment of the City Edition uniform along with a specially designed City Edition home court on Friday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. vs. the Detroit Pistons.
Playhouse Square, located in downtown Cleveland, is the “world’s largest theater restoration project,” and Northeast Ohio’s home for touring Broadway shows, concerts, comedy, dance and children’s programming. Playhouse Square draws more than 1 million people annually to its 12 venues and prides itself on being where memories are made, dreams are encouraged and excitement never stops.
“We are so pleased to be the Cavaliers’ City Edition partner this year. It’s a great opportunity to showcase the commonalities between sport and the arts,” said Playhouse Square President and CEO Craig Hassall. “We’re more alike than you might think. And the beautiful City Edition uniform and court designs highlight the rich detail in our historic theaters, of which we are so proud.”
The Nike NBA City Edition collection is a league-wide initiative created to honor the inherent bond between court, community and culture. Each team introduces a different City Edition uniform every season that represents the stories, history and heritage that make their franchise unique.
“The opportunity to partner with Playhouse Square, one of Cleveland’s iconic cultural landmarks, for the 2023-24 City Edition Uniforms was so organic and pure due to the synergies we share on numerous levels,” said Nic Barlage, President and CEO of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Rock Entertainment Group and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. “The vibrancy that Playhouse Square brings to downtown Cleveland is the perfect complement to all that we do with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.”
Cavs and Nike NBA City Edition Uniform Design
The bold, elegant, and distinctive 2023-24 City Edition uniform draws inspiration from the majestic interiors of the theaters at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. Adorned with a gold colorway reminiscent of the cornice decorating the theater ceilings, the signature tagline “The LAND” pops while being displayed prominently on the front of the uniform. Evocative of the heavily styled theater playbills and visuals, the chest logo blends Playhouse Square theatrics with the fierceness of Cavs basketball. Framing “The Land” wordmark, the famous Nike swoosh logo is positioned on the upper right chest with the Cleveland-Cliffs logo on the upper left.
The back of the jersey draws inspiration from the iconic theater marquees and modernizes this for the uniform. The player number blends the ornate detailing inside the Playhouse Square theaters with stylized flourishes. In both front and back applications, the design is reminiscent of the dramatic and dazzling marquees that welcome patrons to the theater.
Following the design elements of the core jerseys, the shorts feature the iconic Cavs “C” on the right side, outlined in lights to resemble the classic theater marquee. The design on the left side of the shorts is a nod to a theater curtain opening for the start of the show. Tying the elements together, the waistband and jock tag display graphics that blend the identity of Playhouse Square with the dynamic Cavaliers look and feel.
Cavs Introduce City Edition Home Court
A special City Edition Court has been designed to accompany the team’s uniform during designated City Edition nights throughout the season.
Decorated in bespoke designs on the hardwood floor, surrounding each basket, the court seamlessly blends elements from both basketball and the theater. “The Land” logo is displayed in center court, complementing the design on the uniform's chest.
The City Edition home court resembles that of a curtain opening, illuminated with marquee lights, bringing fans a sense of insight and anticipation as the Cavs play on. “Cavs” is featured on both the right and left baseline. “LET EM KNOW” is featured at the west sideline and the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse logo is displayed on either side of half court. In addition, several other Cavs partners have prominent placement on the hardwood, including the logo of Cleveland-Cliffs on the left and right baseline, as well as Betway on the east sideline.
The Cavaliers will wear the alternate uniform for six games throughout the 2023-24 season. In addition to the November 17 debut, fans can look forward to these upcoming City Edition games:
• Tuesday, Nov. 28 vs. Atlanta Hawks at 7:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, Jan. 3 vs. Washington Wizards at 7 p.m.
• Monday, Jan. 29 vs. Los Angeles Clippers at 7 p.m.
• Monday, Feb. 12 vs. Philadelphia 76ers at 7 p.m.
• Sunday, March 10 vs. Brooklyn Nets at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the City Edition nights and all Cavs home games are always available at Cavs.com/promo.
Cavs 2022-23 Nike NBA City Edition Collection Available Online NOW!
The 2023-24 City Edition ensemble includes tees, hoodies, jackets, hats, and adult and youth player jerseys (with the Cleveland-Cliffs logo) available NOW at Cavs.com/shop. Limited items are currently available at the Cavalier’s team shop, Center Court, located in Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Beginning Friday, November 17 vs. the Detroit Pistons, ticketed fans will have first access to the FULL roster of jerseys and collection inside Center Court during the first City Edition game.