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NFL ditching Roman numerals for Super Bowl 50

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The NFL unveiled the logo for the 50th anniversary Super Bowl last night, and the biggest thing of note is the lack of Roman numerals.

Starting with Super Bowl V in 1971, the NFL has always utilized Roman numerals to identify the league's championship game. That tradition will take a one year hiatus for the 2016 Super Bowl, when the league will drop the Roman numeral "L" in favor of using "50" to represent the 50th anniversary game.

The numerals will also be represented in gold, signifying the league's golden anniversary game in the Golden State. Super Bowl 50, to be played on February 7, 2016, will be held at the San Francisco 49ers' Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

The Roman numerals will return for the 2017 game, Super Bowl LI, to be held at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

The 2015 game, crowning the champion for the upcoming NFL season, will be held February 1. That game, Super Bowl XLIX, will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium home of the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Arizona.