When Is the Army Navy Game?
The Army Navy Game is a celebrated rivalry football game between the teams of the United States Military Academy (Army) and the United States Naval Academy (Navy). This classic competition has been held continuously since 1890 and the 2021 matchup will be its 131st consecutive meeting.
Who Is Going to Play in the 2021 Army-Navy Game?
The 2021 Army-Navy Game is scheduled to take place on December 11 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This marks the third year in a row the game will be held in Philadelphia after the 2020 game was moved there due to restrictions in place around Annapolis, Maryland due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What Are the Traditions Associated with the Army Navy Game?
The Army Navy Game is known for its grandiose traditions and pageantry. Here are some of the most beloved traditions associated with the game:
- The Coin Toss: The coin toss is conducted by the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of the Army, and features a ceremonial color guard.
- Mid-game Celebrations: After the third and fourth quarters, the singing of both academies’ alma maters are sung by the respective teams, visitors, and alums in attendance.
- Uniforms: Team members traditionally wear unique uniforms for the game, each side getting creative with the design featuring colors and symbols that represent their academy.
- March-On: Several hours before kickoff, both academies “march-on” to the stadium. The cadets and midshipmen receive greetings from their branches’ respective flagships and other warships.
The Army Navy Game is one of the most iconic rivalries in college football, with each year’s matchup standing as a testament to the spirit of competition between the two branches of the U.S. military. Be sure to mark your calendars for 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, December 11 as the cadets and midshipmen clash for the 131st time!