For 89 of the previous 122 Army-Navy games, the Black Knights and Midshipman have met in Philadelphia, a neutral ground between the two service academies. The 2022 Army-Navy Game will be held at Lincoln Financial Field in the city.
Following their December 10, 2022 meeting, the game will move to Boston, Washington, Baltimore, and New York around the Northeast for the next four years before returning to Philadelphia in 2027.
December 9, 2023: Boston / Foxborough
December 14, 2024: Washington, DC / Landover, Maryland
December 13, 2025: Baltimore
December 12, 2026: New York City / East Rutherford, NJ
December 11, 2027: Philadelphia
The historic Army-Navy game dates back to 1890, when the two sides first met at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. The annual game has been disrupted, not specifically played during World War I, but the 1926 game held at Chicago’s Soldier Field in honor of World War I veterans.
Many notable footballers are the first to make their debut in the “Game of America.” The first football helmet was used in the 1893 game, Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to participate in the game in 1901, and the first use of instant replay in a football game was during the 1963 Army-Navy matchup.
Philadelphia is a traditional venue for Army-Navy games, not to mention it is somewhere in the school home ground. Because the game is so popular, it attracts crowds that can’t be accommodated at the Army’s Michi Stadium or the Navy’s Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The venues selected for the 2023-2027 Army-Navy Games will not only be able to handle the huge crowd drawn to see the two, but will also start the road trip with the venues chosen for some important historical anniversaries.
In 2023, the game will be played in the Boston area, especially at Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium, home to the NFL’s New England Patriots. The Army-Navy game will coincide with the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party and the 225th anniversary of the first voyage of the USS Constitution. It will also be the first time the game has been played in New England.
The 2024 Army-Navy Games, the 125th game, will be held for the second time in the nation’s capital, Washington, DC. It will be played at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, the home of the Washington Commanders. In 2025, the game will be with Fort McHenry, at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium, with Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics of the US national anthem as background.
In 2026, the game will be in the New York-New Jersey area. Most of the game-related fuss – Pep Rally, Debate Team Faceoff and other related events – will be in New York City, where the game will be played where the New York Giants and New York Jets play, MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The Army-Navy Game will return to Philadelphia for the 2027 matchup, the 91st meeting between teams in Brotherly Love City.
“Our destinations over the next five years give academies the opportunity to share the Army-Navy’s economic impact, history and traditions with many communities in different geographic areas,” Chet Gladchuk, director of the Naval Academy of Athletics, said in a statement. “We are confident that each location will provide a unique accommodating experience for our fans and an incredibly memorable event for our midshipmen and cadets.”
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