Memphis Grizzlies Primary Logo
The Grizzlies new and “refreshed” logo is barely different from the previous incarnation. Basically it's a slightly different shade of light blue and now a gray outline.
The refreshed primary Bear Icon replaces our lightest ‘smoke’ blue within the nose & mouth area with our Beale Street Blue, enhancing the ferocity of the Grizzlies Gold in the Bear’s eyes. The Steel Gray outline introduces a color that is complementary to our intense blues while also bringing depth to the icon.
They tweaked the font slightly and removed the arch. The evolved wordmark and numbering system represent a more progressive and modernized take on its predecessor, while maintaining and deepening the connection to the Beale Street neon-inspired inline.
The straightening of "GRIZZLIES" in the full global logo gives weight to "MEMPHIS" and strengthens the collective wordmark to the icon.
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2018 - Present
Slight adjustments made to previous Grizzlies’ primary logo, which include removal of lightest of their three blues at the snout, addition of grey outline, and new wordmark font “MEMPHIS” and “GRIZZLIES” in blue.
2005 - 2018
The current logo was adopted in 2004 and features a more benign looking grizzlies bear’s head accented in three different shades of blue and with yellow eyes. A wordmark “MEMPHIS” in a two tone blue color and a wordmark “GRIZZLIES” in light blue on the bottom. Though not the snarling grizzlies bear as on the original logo, the new bear logo still reflects a level of focus and intensity.
2002 - 2004
When the Grizzlies moved to Memphis, they used the same logo from Vancouver and replaced the city wordmark with “MEMPHIS” in red.
1996 - 2001
The original Grizzlies logo featured a grizzlie bear holding basketball with teeth and claws out. A wordmark “VANCOUVER” in red above the wordmark “GRIZZLIES” in teal on top of the grizzlie. The letters “G” and “S” are larger than the other letters in the wordmark “Grizzlies.”