Army/Navy Game Schedule
There are college football games and then there is the annual Army/Navy Game, a game so
steeped in tradition and pride that no other event in college sports quite matches up to it. Each year even the most casual
football fans tune in to watch the Army/Navy Game and are treated to one of the most passionate and intense contests of the
year. This is one of the most cherished and most enduring rivalries in all of sports and seeing the cadets from both sides
decked out in their uniforms, cheering, chanting, and singing in an attempt to propel their academy to victory is an experience
like no other. As fun as this can be to watch on television it pales in comparison to being in the stands where it is impossible
not to get swept up in the excitement and emotion. This is one of the most popular games on the college football schedule
and tickets are sure to sell out quickly so be sure to get yours form StubHub as soon as possible.
Each year the game
is held at a neutral site and this year's game will be held at M&T Bank Stadium which has been one of the most electrifying
venues in the NFL since opening in 1998 and becoming home to the Baltimore Ravens. The venue has hosted plenty of big time
events including NFL games, the NCAA Men's Division I Lacrosse Championships, and more but it is hard to imagine that the
stadium has seen anything as emotional and exciting as the Army/Navy Game. The game will be held on Saturday, December 13th
and will undoubtedly once again be one of the most highly watched and attended games of the year. When attending the Army/Navy
Game be sure to arrive early to enjoy the festive atmosphere outside the stadium before the game gets underway.
The Army/Navy Game is one of the most popular rivalry games in all of college football featuring the United
States Military Academy at West Point's Black Knights going up against the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis' Midshipmen.
The rivalry began in 1890 when Army cadet Dennis Mahan Michie was challenged by students at the Naval Academy to play a game
and the annual tradition of playing the game at a neutral site was begun in 1930. Since then there have been several classic
moments throughout the history of the rivalry including the 1926 game which ended in a 21-21 tie and was the first football
game played at Chicago's Soldier Field, the home of the NFL's Bears, which is the oldest stadium in the NFL. The first use
of instant replay during a football game occurred during the 1963 game. To date the Navy Midshipmen lead the overall series
with a 58-49-7 record. Navy has won the game 12 times in a row, with the last Army victory coming in 2001 at Veterans Stadium
in Philadelphia. You can be sure that Army will be pulling out all the stops to put their losing streak to an end just as
surely as Navy will be wanting to keep their winning streak alive in 2014.
While many elite
college football teams are full of prima donna athletes who have been spoiled their whole loves and are more interested in
playing in the NFL than in playing for their college team, this is never the case at either Navy or Army. The student athletes
at both academies have already dedicated themselves to a post college career in service to their country and are out there
on the field every game representing both the United States and their branch of the Armed Forces. In 2014 Jeff Monken will
be looking to guide the Black Knights to a winning record in his first season as head coach. He will have a solid group of
returning players to provide ample experience and leadership that will combine with stellar recruits like offensive tackle
Isaiah Holland and defensive tackle Jarvis Polu. Navy is coached by Ken Niumatolo who has a solid ground attack behind rushers
Noah Copeland and Keenan Reynolds. Both sides will certainly be prepared to lay it all on the line during their final 2014
regular season game when they go up against their biggest rival at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
football fans organize their entire Saturday to celebrate everything that comes with the game. These hard core fans get up
early and head off to the stadium parking lot for tailgating before the game. Once inside the stadium, fans join together
to make as much noise as possible and help the home team leave with a victory. It is incredibly thrilling to be in the crowd
when the star player takes the ball into the end zone for a big win. Army/Navy Games are among the most thrilling spectacles
in all of sports and watching these contests on television can be great but it really pales in comparison to being in the
stands for one of these games and feeling the electricity in the air. The parking lot at M&T Bank Stadium will be filled
with people gearing up for the big game, grilling up some grub and sipping on a few beverages as well. It is all one big lead
up to the main event, which is, of course, the game itself and the stadium filled with tens of thousands of students, alumni
and members of the Armed Forces come out to support their team, decked out in Army and Navy colors.
last Army/Navy Game was held at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with Navy winning by a score of 34-7.
Philadelphia has hosted the game more than any other city, and by a long shot. The City of Brotherly Love has been the home
of the Army/Navy Game 85 times while the city with the second most times hosting the game is New York with only 11. Army and
Navy are two is one of only seven universities not associated with a conference for football, the others being Notre Dame,
BYU, Old Dominion, New Mexico State, and Idaho.