June 18, 2024
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Army-Navy headed to Philly for 4 of the next 5 years

Philadelphia will host four of the next five Army-Navy games presented by USAA at Lincoln Financial Field it was announced today by Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk and West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan. Philadelphia will host on the second Saturday in December in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022. The site of the 2021 game will be announced later this afternoon. It is widely expected that it will be played at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in New Jersey.

“The legacy of the City of Brotherly Love and the home of Army-Navy continues to be the benchmark for hosting America’s game,” said Gladchuk.  “This tradition in Philly is so well received and embraced by the city and community that it remains a highlight of the season for the teams, alumni, and fans.  Our appreciation to everyone, including USAA, who works so hard to make this week-long festival, culminating with our nation’s cherished match-up between Army and Navy, the fantastic experience it is.”

“Philadelphia is synonymous with the Army-Navy game, so it is fitting that we are playing at Lincoln Financial Field for four of the next five matchups,” said Corrigan. “I want to thank the Philadelphia Eagles and PHL Sports. We look forward to continuing the relationship with the City of Philadelphia and creating more memories for America’s Game. The interest level in the game and our future sites was extremely high with first-class bids coming from some of the nation’s best cities, which made for extensive discussions and a difficult decision for those involved.”

“Philadelphia and the Army-Navy Game belong together,” said Larry Needle, Executive Director of the PHL Sports, a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. “All of our local partners take great pride in hosting the game and the military family that it brings together each year. We thank the Academies for their partnership and are truly honored to be welcoming the Game back to Philadelphia for years to come.”

“As a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, I have fond memories of the Army-Navy Game, including my time spent in Philadelphia on those cold Fall Saturdays,” said retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral John Bird, USAA senior vice president for military affairs. “The importance of this game is instilled in each new Cadet and Midshipmen from their first day at the Academy. On behalf of USAA’s members and employees, we are honored and excited to be a part of this annual tradition, by celebrating America’s future leaders and thanking those in attendance who are serving or have served.”

Philadelphia has hosted 86 of the 117 Army-Navy games and will make it 87 on Dec. 9 when it plays host to the Mids and Black Knights at 3:00 PM on CBS Sports.  Navy leads the all-time series, 60-50-7.

This year’s game will mark the 11th time that Lincoln Financial Field has hosted the greatest rivalry in all of sports.  The Mids are 12-0 all-time in games played at Lincoln Financial, going 10-0 vs. Army and 2-0 vs. Temple.  Navy is 44-38-4 all-time in Army-Navy games played in Philadelphia.

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