Army – Navy Game
Land of the free, home of the game
December 14, 2013
The Army-Navy game makes its return to Philadelphia in 2013 . Cadets from West Point and and Midshipmen from Annapolis will square off at Lincoln Financial Field for the 114th matchup between the historic rivals.
Traditionally played on the second Saturday in December, the heated bout often marks the last game of the season for both teams.
While the showdown is always an intense matchup, this year’s game has even more riding on it than usual. For the first time since 2005, the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy — given to the winner of the round robin played out among the nation’s service academies — will be awarded to the team that wins the Army/Navy bout.
Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m., but the gates open at 11 a.m. and fans are strongly encouraged to arrive early.
The Army-Navy game will be televised nationally by CBS and carried worldwide by Westwood One and Armed Forces Radio. Locally, the game will be broadcast live on CBS-3 TV and 97.5 The Fanatic.
Army-Navy Weekend brings tens of thousands of Midshipmen and Cadets to Philadelphia for events and activities leading up to the big game. Highlights of the weekend celebration include:
Dates: December 13-14
On Friday and Saturday, teams of Cadets and Midshipmen get the competition started with Patriot Games, a two-day competition between Army and Navy. Check out the Rocky Relay on Friday at 8:30 a.m. on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the mental and physical obstacle course on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Independence Visitor Center and much more.
Navy Yard Patrol Ship Tours
Dates: December 13-14
Location: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard between Market and Walnut streets
On Friday and Saturday, two Yard Patrol Boats from the Naval Academy will be visiting Penn’s Landing to support their crews in the Army-Navy game. Though the ships regularly visit Philadelphia, this is a rare opportunity to board the vessels and tour the ships. Arrive for tours between 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to noon or 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Army-Navy Pep Rally
Date: Friday, December 13
Location: The Shops at Liberty Place, 16th and Chestnut streets
On Friday, Liberty Place invites fans to join cheerleaders and pep bands at noon to get fired up for the big game.
Army-Navy Pregame Tailgate
Date: December 14, noon to 2 p.m.
On game day, join fellow fans for a special all-you-can-eat VIP tailgate at Citizens Bank Park’s Hall of Fame Club, complete with music and face-painting. Tickets for the Army-Navy Pregame Tailgate are required for entry.
2013 NCAA Men’s College Cup
Dates: December 13-15
Location: PPL Park, 1 Stadium Drive, Chester
Four of the top Divsion I Men’s Soccer teams in the country arrive at PPL Park to compete for a national championship. Fan events run throughout the three-day tournament, and tickets to the games are available online, starting at $23.
One of the greatest rivalries in college football has called Philadelphia its home for the majority of its history. The fiercely competitive Army-Navy game has been played in Philadelphia for 84 times in its history. The current series standing is remarkably even: Navy has 57 wins; Army has 49 wins, while seven games have ended in ties.
As a neutral site conveniently located between the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, Philadelphia was an easy choice for the Army-Navy game, which the city now enjoys as its unofficial bowl game.
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