Army Navy Game In one of the best rivalries of all time, two branches of the United States military will face off on the gridiron for the honor of bringing home the Commander-in-Chief's trophy. The game is being played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and is scheduled to begin at 3 p. Those who have a vested interest in either the Army Black Knights, the Navy Midshipmen or just wanted to spend the afternoon enjoying a football game could purchase tickets to attend the rivalry. However, for those who prefer to take in their sports from the comfort of their couch, there are multiple ways to watch it live.
Series history[ edit ] Army and Navy first met on the field on November 29, They played 30 times between that date and November 26, The series has been renewed annually since The game has been held at several locations throughout its history, including Baltimore and New York City , but has most frequently been played in Philadelphia, roughly equidistant from the two academies.
Historically played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving a date on which most other major college football teams end their regular seasons , the game is now played on the second Saturday in December and is traditionally the last game of the season for both teams and the last regular-season game played in Division I FBS football.
With the permanent expansion of the regular season to 12 games starting in , several conference championship games joined the Army—Navy Game on its then-current date of the first weekend of December.
In , the game was moved from the first Saturday in December to the second Saturday; this means that it no longer conflicts with conference championship games and once again is the last non- bowl contest in college football. However, since , only the , , and games have seen both teams enter with winning records.
Nonetheless, the game is considered a college football institution. It has aired nationally on radio since , and has been nationally televised every year since A game ball from the Army—Navy Game, with the game's final score Navy 19, Army 0 adhered on with a label.
Some participants in the Army—Navy Game have gone on to professional football careers. After satisfying his Navy commitment, he joined the Raiders full-time.
Alejandro Villanueva Army, is currently an offensive tackle with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Navy is in dark and Army is in white. At the end of the game, both teams' almae matres are played and sung.
The winning team stands alongside the losing team and faces the losing academy's students; then the losing team accompanies the winning team, facing their students. Since the winning team's alma mater is always played last, the phrase "to sing second" has become synonymous with winning the rivalry game.
The rivalry between Annapolis and West Point, while friendly, is intense. The cadets live and breathe the phrase "Beat Navy! They have become a symbol of competitiveness, not just in the Army—Navy Game, but in the service of their country, and are often used at the close of informal letters by graduates of both academies.
A long-standing tradition at the Army-Navy football game is to conduct a formal "prisoner exchange" as part of the pre-game activities.
The prisoners are the cadets and midshipmen currently spending the semester studying at the sister academy. After the exchange, students have a brief reprieve to enjoy the game with their comrades.
The game is the last of three contests in the annual Commander-in-Chief's Trophy series, awarded to each season's winner of the triangular series between Army, Navy, and Air Force since In years when Navy and Army have each beaten Air Force before the Army—Navy Game , , , , , and the Army-Navy game has also determined whether Army or Navy would win this trophy.
The season suggests the Knights are in good shape to make it a three-peat.
In years when Air Force has split its two games, the Army-Navy game determines whether the trophy is shared or won outright by the winner of the game. The Army—Air Force and Navy—Air Force games are usually played at the academies' regular home fields, although on occasion they have been held at a neutral field.
Navy won 14 Army-Navy games in a row from to , the longest winning streak in the history of the series. On December 8, , Army beat Navy to increase their winning streak in the series to 3 games. Army also won the Commander in Chief's Trophy outright for just the eighth time in the trophy's history.
Venues[ edit ] Philadelphia has been the traditional home of the Army-Navy game. Eighty-eight of games have been contested in Philadelphia including every game from excepting three that were relocated due to World War II travel restrictions.
Philadelphia is typically selected as the site due to the historic nature of the city and the fact that it is approximately halfway between West Point and Annapolis.
For decades, the Pennsylvania Railroad and its successors offered game-day service to all Army—Navy games in Philadelphia using a sprawling temporary station constructed each year near Municipal Stadium on the railroad's Greenwich freight yard.
The service, with odd trains serving as many as 30, attendees, was the single largest concentrated passenger rail movement in the country.
All games contested in Philadelphia through were played at Franklin Field , the home field of the University of Pennsylvania. From through , all games contested in Philadelphia were held in Municipal Stadium, renamed John F.
Kennedy Stadium in From , all games contested in Philadelphia were hosted by Veterans Stadium. Since , all games contested in Philadelphia have been played in Lincoln Financial Field.
In these games, Navy holds a advantage, although the last game was won by Army.
Only six games have ever been held on the campus of either academy, primarily because neither team plays at an on-campus stadium large enough to accommodate the large crowds that attend the game. The rivalry's first four games were hosted on the parade grounds of the respective academies and two games were held on campus due to World War II travel restrictions at Navy's old Thompson Stadium and at Michie Stadium.
The Polo Grounds holds the record for most games hosted outside of Philadelphia with nine, hosting all New York City games through Yankee Stadium hosted the game in and Maryland has hosted a number of games throughout the history of the series as well. In Landover , FedExField hosted the game in The city of Pasadena, California paid for the travel expenses of all the students and supporters of both academies — 9, in all.
The game was held at the Rose Bowl that year because there are a large number of military installations and servicemen and women, along with many retired military personnel, on the West Coast.
Future venues[ edit ] All games through will be held at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
The game will then return to Lincoln Financial Field for Games beyond have yet to be awarded.