The Army-Navy football rivalry will visit five cities over the next six years, with dates and locations announced through 2027.
Philadelphia, which will host the contest for the 90th time on Dec. 10 of this year, won’t see it again until 2027. In between, the game will take an East Coast swing through four cities:
- 2023: Boston (Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.), Dec. 9.
- 2024: Washington, D.C. (FedEx Field, Landover, Md.), Dec. 14.
- 2025: Baltimore, Md. (M&T Bank Stadium), Dec. 13.
- 2026: New York City (MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.), Dec. 11.
The 2023 Army-Navy game will be the first held in the Boston area and comes on the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party and 225th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat. The rivalry returns to FedEx Field in Washington, D.C., the following year for only the second time – Navy beat Army 27-21 at the home of the then-Washington Redskins in 2011.
The teams are 3-3 in Baltimore showdowns, and Navy is 4-1 in games held in East Rutherford, including a 17-13 win over Army in December.
Rivalry Road Trip
Massachusetts will be the seventh state to host the rivalry, which began in 1890 with a 24-0 Navy blanking of the Black Knights on “The Plain” at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. More than a century later, Army shut out Navy 15-0 when COVID-19 pandemic precautions led to West Point hosting the 2020 contest.
Outside of the service academies and NFL-sized stadiums on the East Coast, the game has found other homes over the decades, to include:
- Princeton, N.J.: The 1905 game started late thanks to a traffic jam, then was called off due to darkness in the second half with the teams tied 6-6.
- Chicago: Soldier Field had hosted Notre Dame and Northwestern in 1924, but its formal dedication came with the 1927 Army-Navy game … another tie, this time 27-27.
- Pasadena, Calif.: The Rose Bowl hosted the only Army-Navy game played west of the Mississippi River, with the Midshipmen posting a 42-13 victory in 1983. The move made East Coast boosters “hopping mad,” then-U.S. Naval Academy Athletic Director J.O. Coppedge told The Washington Post that year; it was the only Army-Navy game from 1945 to 1988 not played in Philadelphia.
The Black Knights have another big neutral-site game on the schedule this season – a month before facing Navy in Philadelphia, they’ll play the Air Force Falcons in Arlington, Texas, on Nov. 5 for the Lockheed Martin Commanders’ Classic. Air Force will host Navy on Oct. 1 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The team with the best record in the three-school round-robin series gets the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy; Army won it in 2020 with wins over Navy and Air Force, and kept it last year after a three-way split – Air Force beat Navy 23-3, Army beat Air Force 21-14 in overtime, and Navy beat Army 17-13 in December to close out the season.
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