The new Ligue 1 campaign is set to kick off this week, a festive event in and of itself. The celebrations in Nice’s home opener, however, will take on a bit more somber tone. As the city of Nice continues to heal from the tragic attack that claimed 85 lives in July, the city’s hometown club has planned a very special tribute.
First off, Nice will forgo wearing their traditional red and black striped home kit in favor of a white uniform similar to their away kit. In place of the sponsor, Mutuelles du Soleil, will be an image of a heart. A closer look reveals the heart shape contains the names of all 85 victims from the attack.
Their opponent, Rennes, will also wear a modified kit with the same heart tribute.
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Nice announced that the commemorative jerseys will be auctioned after the game, with proceeds (and all other money raised on the day) donated associations dedicated to the victims and their families.
In addition, Nice have asked those in attendance to dress up in white and have planned tifos in a show of solidarity. Unlike normal home openers, fans will be asked to remain silent as players enter the arena.
Another tribute is planned for the 85th minute, as Nice plan to turn the entire Allianz Riviera into a memorial for the heartbreaking event. It will certainly be a poignant and unforgettable day.