Discover Arizona State's Nickname, Mascots, Colors and More
Discover the stories surrounding the Arizona State Sun Devils nickname story along with the school's
mascots, colors and many great traditions that take place on gameday and beyond.
Location: Tempe, Ariz.
Conference: PAC 12
Colors: Maroon and Gold
Fight Song: ASU Fight Song
If you think the costumed ASU mascot and the pitchfork carrying logo are
actually Sun Devils then think again. While they certainly possess a
devilish look, a "sun devil" according to the ASU School of Climatology, is
actually an unusual atmospheric condition that's caused by a high amount
Despite his existence being a bit misleading, Sparky has a devil of a good time leading the maroon and gold. The costumed devil can be found on the ASU sideline and his likeness appears on the University's football helmets. Update: Sparky will now be featured on the back of the football helmets.
A New Sparky at Arizona State?
"My What Big Eyes You Have!"
With the help of Disney, a new mascot costume
has been unveiled for Sparky. However the word
is that some of the Sun Devil faithful aren't so BIG
on the mascot's big eyes and bulging muscles.
As a matter of fact, it's been reported that some of
the ASU students have labeled the new Sparky as
downright creepy. Other complaints have labeled
the suggested costume as giving the mascot the
appearance of being on meth or resembling a
'child-molesting Burger King.
Their have been many demands for a return to the
old Sparky and an effort to let fans design their
own mascot online.
Having a devil of a time, might be one way to describe ASU's quest for its nickname. Prior to the adoption of Sun Devils in 1946, the school athletic teams were know as the "Normals." While not very catchy, but certainly
Oddly enough,the school's next nickname surfaced after a season-opening 1922 loss to a high school team. Despite falling to Mesa High, the "Normals" were said to have played the game with the tenacity of a bulldog. With supporters of the school pushing for it to become a four-year school along with the need for a distinctive athletic symbol, the "Bulldog" nickname became top dog.
World War II would have a dramatic effect on the Bulldog football program. The team was shut down for three seasons while its members went off to war. While football would return to ASU, the Bulldog nickname remained missing in action.
A new post-war era began at ASU with the formation of the Sun Angel Arizona State booster organization. The group which included old Bulldog Boosters sought the opportunity to mark a new beginning for the school. They made dumping Bulldogs their first order of business and adopted "Sun Devils." The new nickname gave the school a new image and helped break the leash to once being known as the old Tempe Normal School.
The return of black to the Sun Devil attitude is a nod to the football teams of the 50's that wore black helmets. That combined with the strength, power and attitude black exudes made it an obvious choice for a third primary color. Additionally, Sun Devil Athletics has long embraced the majesty of the Arizona landscape, making copper, one of the states most recognized resources, a natural choice as an accent color.
Second, Nike developed a custom athletic font called Sun Devil Bold. This font, which is exclusive to Sun Devil Athletics, incorporates unique characteristics intended to represent the horns of its mascot Sparky or the tines of the pitchfork he carries.