The 112th Army-Navy game makes its Washington, D.C. debut on Saturday, Dec. 10 at FedExField – and Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder hopes to “start a tradition” where the game is played in the nation’s capital more often.
“It’s shocking the game has never been here before,” Snyder told Redskins Broadcast Network’s Larry Michael during the Army-Navy Press Luncheon on Wednesday in Arlington, Va.
“It’s something we have been working on for a long time and we see this as an important tradition to bring it here – and to start a tradition,” Snyder added. “That’s what it’s about for us. We’re excited.”
The Washington, D.C. region is home to 43 major military bases employing more than 97,000 active Army and Navy personnel, which ensures that the game – always one of college sports most talked-about competitions – will be played in front of one of the largest military fan bases in the game’s storied history.
“It’s an honor,” Snyder said. “To have the backdrop of the Pentagon, the Capitol here, to really bring this to the nation’s capital and to have the Naval Academy and us hosting it here, on behalf of FedEx and the Redskins, it’s a humbling experience.”
Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk and head coach Ken Niumatalolo and Army athletic director Boo Corrigan and head coach Rich Ellerson were in attendance at the luncheon.
Gladchuk praised the Redskins’ efforts to host the Army-Navy game at FedExField.
“You sense the enthusiasm and determination to make this happen,” Gladchuk said. “It impressed us so much. I know it’ll be a great game.”
Kickoff for the Dec. 10 game is 2:30 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on CBS.
Army vs. Navy is a tradition that started back in 1890. At pre-game, cadets from both schools march onto the field in one of the most iconic scenes in all of college football.
“It’s something that can’t be replicated unless you’re there,” Snyder said.
FedExField is the 15th different venue to play host to the historic game. Landover, Md., where FedExField is located, is the third city in the state of Maryland to stage the game along with Baltimore and Annapolis.
Last year, Navy defeated Army 31-17 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Navy currently holds the advantage in the series 55-49-7.