Navy sportswriter Bill Wagner of the Capital Gazette first reported earlier today that the 2020 Army-Navy Game would not be played in Philadelphia. It will be played at Michie Stadium.
The two academies have since confirmed the report.
Army gets to host because they were the home team this year.
“The health and welfare of the Corps of Cadets and Brigade of Midshipmen is the number one priority,” said Lieutenant General Darryl A. Williams, 60th Superintendent of the USMA. “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 Corps of Cadets and the Brigade of Midshipmen will be allowed in attendance. Fans will be unlikely to be permitted.
This is huge news considering Army/Navy is almost always a neutral site game. The last time it wasn’t was 1943 when Army hosted, and the year before, Navy hosted the game.
“Unfortunately, we will not be allowed to visit the home of Army-Navy this December,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. “History will repeat itself as we stage this cherished tradition on Academy grounds as was the case dating back to World War II. Every effort was made to create a safe and acceptable environment for the Brigade, the Corps and our public while meeting city and state requirements. However, medical conditions and protocols dictate the environment in which we live. Therefore, on to the safe haven of West Point on Dec. 12, and let it ring true that even in the most challenging of times, the spirit and intent of the Brigade of Midshipmen and Corps of Cadets still prevails.”
The game will take place on December 12th at 3:00 pm est on CBS.