Army vs Navy game is more than just a football game, it’s a tradition
The history of the game Army-Navy
In its 122nd edition, the Army-Navy game is almost upon us. A game steeped in history and often attended by sitting US Presidents, it has been a staple in the United States for over a century. First staged in 1890, but later cohesively organized from 1930, the game is played between the Army Black Knights of the United States Military Academy (USMA) in West Point, New York, and the Midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland. Together, the Black Knights and Midshipmen represent the oldest sources of command of officers in their service. Naturally, gambling has become the epitome of service rivalry in the United States military.
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Where and when will the game take place in 2021?
In a historic first for the legendary game, MetLife Stadium will host the 2021 edition of the Army-Navy match. With the kick off scheduled for 3 p.m. on December 11, 2021, this will be the first time the game will be played at MetLife Stadium.
Speaking on this momentous event, Metlife Stadium President and CEO Ron VanDeVeen was clear: âMetLife Stadium hosts the world’s biggest events on the world’s biggest stage and We are honored to bring the iconic Army-Navy game to MetLife Stadium for the first time in 2021. We thank the Academies for their partnership and look forward to bringing America’s Game back to New Jersey.
Remember September 11
In this year’s game, one of the major themes is remembering the military response to 9/11. The game must of course take place near where the attacks took place in New York. The military chose to recognize the soldiers from the US Army Special Forces Command who were the first group to deploy to the nightstand in the wake of the attacks.
Speaking on the theme’s motivation, Army Head Coach Jeff Monken said, âI think part of that is honoring the 9/11 attacks and each of the sites where we have. been attacked on our own soil and how we came together as a nation at this time in our history and how important it is that we continue to stand together, united as a country, but more so, I guess, with a greater sense of community and recognizing the division we still have in our country that remains. So I think that probably speaks to the spirit of our team and hopefully the spirit of this Academy, our US military, and our nation as a whole. ”