Navy (7-4) will play Middle Tennessee State (8-4) in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Monday, Dec. 30 in Ft. Worth, Texas it was announced today by Brant Ringler, the Executive Director of the bowl game. Kickoff is set for 10:45 AM (11:45 AM in Annapolis) at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University and will be televised nationally by ESPN and broadcast nationally by ESPN Radio.
The Armed Forces Bowl is Navy’s 19th bowl game all-time and the school’s 10th in the last 11 years. This will be the fifth time that Navy has played in the state of Texas for a bowl game and the first since the Mids 35-13 rout of Missouri in the 2009 Texas Bowl in Houston. Navy has also played in the 2003 EV1.net Houston Bowl (lost to Texas Tech, 38-14), the 1964 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (lost to Texas, 28-6) and the 1958 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (beat Rice, 20-7).
The bowl game will mark the first-ever meeting between Navy and Middle Tennessee State. The Blue Raiders will enter the game having won their final five contests and scoring 40 or more points in four of their final five games.
Texas and Tennessee are two of Navy’s most highly recruited areas as the Midshipmen have 19 players from Texas and 10 from Tennessee.
“We are excited about the opportunity to travel to Fort Worth and play in a first-class bowl game against a very good opponent,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Gladchuk. “The city of Fort Worth, the stadium, the hospitality from the community and the bowl administration present as fine a postseason experience as we could possibly enjoy.”
“I am very happy for our young men and our program that we are going back to a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years,” said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo. “Right now our only focus is on beating Army and winning the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy. I know Middle Tennessee has an outstanding program and coach Stockstill is a great coach.”
Tickets for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl are on sale now at: http://bit.ly/1bqibUX
Tickets can also be purchased starting Monday morning at 9 a.m. by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or at the Ricketts Hall Ticket Office.
Ticket prices are $30 (Lower Level & Upper Level End Zone), $40 (Upper Level Sideline), and $50 (Lower Level Sideline). The only way to sit with the Navy contingent is to buy your tickets through the Navy Ticket Office.
Fans can also purchase tickets to sponsor midshipmen and enlisted personnel and their families for $50 per ticket. Donated tickets are 100% tax deductible.
The Naval Academy class that donates the most tickets receives a 30% discount on football season tickets for 2014 for every member that donates four or more tickets. Any individual that donates 10 tickets or more will receive a 30% discount on the 2014 season ticket package regardless of class affiliation. Be sure to donate in your correct ticket account that signifies you as a USNA Alumni.
“We strongly encourage Navy fans to buy their bowl tickets directly from the Naval Academy Athletic Association,” said Gladchuk. “It is very important for this game and for future Navy bowl considerations for our fans to purchase tickets through the NAAA. If you can’t make it to the game, we ask that Navy fans buy tickets for our midshipmen and enlisted personnel which will allow us to create the usual pageantry of Navy football.”
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