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Army-Navy game to be played on campus at West Point in 2020

The U.S. Military Academy West Point defensive line prepares for a play during the 119th Army-Navy Game in Philadelphia Dec. 8, 2018. The Army defeated the Navy for the third year in a row. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Dana Clarke)
October 25, 2020

For the first time since World War II, the Army-Navy game will be played on campus.

The 121st annual service academy showdown will take place Dec. 12 at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y. According to a release issued by Army, attendance limits in Pennsylvania amid the COVID-19 pandemic prevent the game from being played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia as was originally scheduled.

“The health and welfare of the Corps of Cadets and Brigade of Midshipmen is the number one priority,” said Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, Superintendent of the United States Military Academy. “Hosting the Army-Navy Game on West Point will be the safest way for the Cadets and Midshipmen to cheer their teams to victory.”

The Army-Navy game had been played at a neutral site — typically Philadelphia, Baltimore, or East Rutherford, N.J. — every year since 1943, when it was last played at West Point. The 1942 game took place at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, the only other time since 1893 it was not played at a neutral site.

The 2020 game will kick off at 2 p.m. Central and will be televised by CBS. Navy leads the all-time series 61-52-7, including a 31-7 victory last season in Philadelphia.

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