FIU Panthers Logo

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Since 1987, the sports interests of Florida International University have been represented by the FIU Panthers team, whose logo reflects the essence of the name and its characteristics. The identity subtly emphasizes the strength, speed, and agility characteristic of the mascot.

FIU Panthers: Brand overview

Founded:1994
Headquarters:
University Park, Florida, U.S.
Website:fiusports.com
Florida International University owns sixteen teams united under FIU Panthers. They have participated in NCAA Division I since 1988 and have been members of Conference USA since 2013. Before that, they competed in the Sun Belt conference for fifteen years. Their mascot is a panther named Roary, modeled after the endangered species – the Florida panther. In 1987, the sports department received the nickname “Golden Panthers.” The first word was associated with the university’s official colors – gold and dark blue. But in 2010, it was removed from the name.

Meaning and History

FIU Panthers Logo History

Until 2011, the FIU Panthers team was known as the Golden Panthers, and before 1987, as the Sunblazers. They received their current name in honor of the endangered North American cougar from Florida. It also inspired a series of logos depicting the crouching predator against a globe, in front of a crest, or next to the abbreviation “FIU.” Over the years, the FIU Panthers have achieved success in many sports, including football, baseball, basketball, and volleyball. Their emblem has become a symbol of the university’s constant victories and achievements and part of the overall image campaign aimed at attracting new students.

What is FIU Panthers?

The FIU Panthers is the sports department of Florida International University, located in Miami, Florida. It consists of 18 student teams competing at the NCAA Division I level and representing Conference USA. Some teams are also members of the American Athletic Conference.

1973 – 1987

Sunblazers FIU Logo 1973

The old logo featured a yellow sun in the form of a blooming dandelion. Across it was a blue diagonal inscription “Sunblazers” (the teams that competed in the second division of the NCAA were called). The word is written in neat cursive and underscored by a long line going from the last letter “s.” The line separates the abbreviation “FIU,” typed in a bold sans-serif font. The emblem reflects the university’s initial concept, which focused on sunny Florida and its potential. The sun symbolizes a source of energy for education and sports.

1987 – 1996

Golden Panthers Logo 1987

In 1987, the “FIU Panthers” moved to the first division of the NCAA and soon introduced a new logo with a stylized head of a panther. Artists depicted the growling predator with sharp fangs, squinted eyes, and a wrinkled nose. The main part of the drawing is orange, but shadows, contours, whiskers, and other details had to be dark blue to stand out contrastingly. The rectangular base is also blue.

At the top, “Golden Panthers,” the university team’s name, was obtained in 1987. The words are split into two lines and centered. The italic with sharp serifs creates a sense of movement as the letters are heavily tilted to the right. The flowing font resembles Neftali Bold Italic by TipoType or Garamond Nova Pro Bold Italic by SoftMaker.

1996 – 2001

Golden Panthers Logo 1996

In the 1990s, a logo appeared depicting a panther half-covering the inscription “FIU.” Designers emphasized the animal’s muscular paws and sharp teeth and claws. It was intended to show aggression and a drive to win. Bloodshot eyes and pinned ears indicated the predator’s readiness to attack at any moment. The animal’s back is stylized like lightning, reflecting the team’s speed and energy.

The abbreviation occupies the upper half of the globe, representing a circle with a grid of parallels and meridians. The image of the globe emphasizes the university’s prestige and global competitiveness of FIU Panthers. A semicircle with the inscription “GOLDEN PANTHERS” surrounds the lower part of the emblem. The color palette includes orange, blue, red, and white colors in balanced proportions.

2001 – 2008

FIU Panthers Logo 2001-2008

Designers created a three-dimensional logo depicting a panther emerging from a triangular heraldic shield. It moves forward, crouching to the ground as if tracking prey. Judging by the surrounding grass, the animal has set up an ambush and is now ready to attack whoever it is intently watching. This version’s style is more relaxed: the predator looks not aggressive but focused.

The names of the sports teams are written above the panther’s head and divided into two lines. The first word consists of bold letters without serifs, and the second is from large glyphs with short and sharp serifs. As for the colors, they are dark and restrained. The usual combination of gold, dark blue, and white was joined by green, used for the grass.

2008 – 2010

FIU Panthers Logo 2009

The logo features a silhouette of a panther rushing forward. The image of the panther became more aggressive: now the animal is fiercely baring its sharp teeth. Above is the inscription “FIU” in dark blue. Each letter is additionally highlighted in gold. The bold font with rectangular serifs is considered traditional in the world of sports.

2010 – today

FIU Panthers Logo 2010-Present

 

In the 2010-2011 academic year, the team officially changed its name to “FIU Panthers.” But the logo remained the same – the panther still lies at the heart of the concept, reflecting the athletes’ strength, energy, and determination. Only the colors and inscription have slightly changed.

The men’s team won the TAAC tournament and participated in the 1995 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament. Since 2013, it has been coached by Anthony Evans. The women’s team has won six tournaments in two conferences: one in the Sun Belt Conference and another five in the Trans America Athletic Conference.

Florida International University’s baseball players first took to the field in 1973. Since then, the team has made it to the postseason fourteen times, earning the right to be called one of the most successful in the institution.

Font and Colors

FIU Panthers emblem

According to branding rules, the official fonts for university teams are Helvetica and Adobe Garamond. However, the word “FIU” on the logo is used in a completely different style. It consists of solid letters with wide strokes and rectangular serifs. The font is reminiscent of Breakers Slab Ultra by Kostic Type Foundry but without the roundings.

Traditional colors for FIU Panthers:

  • gold (#B6862C);
  • dark blue (#081E3F).

The 2010 logo is complemented by white, used for the predator’s claws, teeth, and eyes.

FIU Panthers symbol

FIU Panthers color codes

Maastricht BlueHex color:#081e3f
RGB:8 30 63
CMYK:87 52 0 75
Pantone:PMS 282 C
Dark GoldenrodHex color:#b6862c
RGB:182 134 44
CMYK:0 26 76 29
Pantone:PMS 7551 C