Philly Goes Patriotic For Army-Navy

For 120 years now, the country’s two major military schools — the Naval Academy and West Point — have continued one of the fiercest football rivalries, the Army-Navy Game, putting down the ball only to pick up weapons during some of the country’s most serious wars. And since 1899, that showdown has taken place most often in Philadelphia. Originally chosen simply due to its neutral location, the city has embraced the game and now proudly puts on a weekend of events to host the teams and the thousands of students that stream in, culminating in a game day full of pageantry and patriotic pride.

With both teams headed to bowl games this year, the competition is sure to be as intense as ever. Pick a side (goat or mule, how can you loose?), wear your colors and head to one of these events this weekend.

Rocky Relay

Friday, December 10

Head to the Art Museum during your morning jog to take in the Cadets and Midshipmen racing up the infamous Rocky Steps. Celebratory photos with the statue afterward are optional.

Pep Rally & Hole-In-One Challenge

Friday, December 10

The Rotunda at The Shops at Liberty Place will be alive with music, cheerleaders and noise as the teams gear up for the game. For a test of skill rather than strength, the students will also complete in a putting contest.

Game Day

Saturday, December 11

Lincoln Financial Field will fill to the brim with students in uniform, beginning with a formal march-on by both schools. Kick off is 2:40 p.m.

For more information on the game, visit