The Army-Navy Game is back at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, December 14, 2019 and we could not be more excited because when Army and Navy meet, there is no other game with deeper foundations or greater prestige!
The rivalry kicked off when Cadet Dennis Mahan Michie accepted a “challenge” from the Naval Academy and the two squads faced off on The Plain at West Point on November 29, 1890. Navy had been playing organized football since 1879, and came out on top of the newly-established Army squad. Ever since, through those many years of intense cheers, unforgettable plays and climactic moments, the Army-Navy rivalry has been etched into the minds of countless fans and followers. All it takes is a visit to West Point or Annapolis, where everything (from the finely manicured hedges to the chant following grace-before-meals) proclaims “Beat Navy” or “Beat Army,” to understand how deeply ingrained this rivalry actually is. In 1899, Philadelphia was chosen as a neutral locale to host the Army-Navy Game and begin the rivalry anew. Franklin Field was the site of this game, and through the 20th and now 21st century, Municipal Stadium (later JFK Stadium), Veterans Stadium, and Lincoln Financial Field have all staged Army-Navy in Philadelphia. As the rivalry has moved into the new millennium, Philadelphia has continued to be the primary host of the storied series and the home of the game.