San Diego State Aztecs Logo

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San Diego State Aztecs Logo
While the older versions of the San Diego State Aztecs logo were focused on the Aztec theme, it is less pronounced in the current one.

Meaning and history

San Diego State Aztecs Logo history


The university’s athletic program comprises 17 teams (six men’s, 13 women’s), including football, baseball, and basketball teams.
The old emblem that was introduced in 1961 and was used until 1982 featured an abstract depiction of an Aztec, a representative of a Mesoamerican culture of the same name that was highly developed in central Mexico in the post-classic era from 1300 to 1521. The Aztec on the old logo was mostly red, while the white streaks divided the image into meaningful parts.
In 1983-1996, the athletic program adopted a logo that was less abstract and richer in color. Here, the Aztec’s face was turned slightly to us; both his face and the headdress looked more detailed. There was some depth, too.
The San Diego State University Aztecs logo used in 1997-2001 featured the side view of a completely different Aztec. This time, he had a richer headdress and a red face. The nickname of the teams could be seen below.
The 2002 emblem was a large “S” interlaced with a “D,” which formed an arrow and a bow. The current version (since 2013) looks almost the same, although there have been a couple of alterations.