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Classic Army-Navy

December 3, 2012
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When Army and Navy meet, there is no other game with deeper foundations or greater prestige.

The rivalry kicked off 122 years ago 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.

Even the history of the 10 times that the game was not played tells the story of Army-Navy passion. The game was canceled once (1909) when Army canceled its entire schedule after the death of Cadet Eugene Byrne in the game against Harvard, twice during World War I on orders from the War Department (1917 and 1918), and twice when the academies could not agree on player eligibility standards (1928 and 1929).

However, the longest and perhaps most telling interruption (from 1894-1898) occurred only a few years after the rivalry's inception. Following a reputed incident between a Rear Admiral and a Brigadier General, which nearly led to a duel after the 1893 Navy victory, President Cleveland called a Cabinet meeting in late February 1894. When the meeting ended, Secretary of the Navy Hillary A. Herbert, and Secretary of War, Daniel S. Lamont, issued general orders to their respective Academies stating that other teams would be allowed to visit Annapolis and West Point to conduct football games, but the Army and Navy football teams were "prohibited in engaging in games elsewhere." In other words, Army and Navy were restricted to home games and, consequently, from playing each other. For the next five years, the explosive rivalry was defused.

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.

EVENT TIMELINE

Will call opens at ... 10:30 AM
HeadHouse Plaza opens at ... 11 AM
Club & Suites open at ... 11 AM
Inner Gates open at ... 11 AM
Navy March On begins at ... 12:14 PM
Army March on begins at ... 12:44 PM 
Kickoff is at ... 3:10pm

PROHIBITED ITEMS

Smoking (except in designated areas)
Bags larger than 12" x 12" x 12"
Alcohol
Animals (except service dogs to aid guests with disabilities)
Bottles, cans and beverage containers of any kind*
Thermoses*
Hard sided coolers*
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Trespassing, soliciting, peddling and loitering
 Any other item or action deemed dangerous or inappropriate
 Guests who appear to be intoxicated will not be permitted admittance into the stadium.

Food items must be wrapped or contained in clear plastic.  *Exceptions will be made for guests with specific medical needs

SIGN POLICY

Lincoln Financial Field stadium management reserves the right to prohibit banners due to space availability, banner size, interference with other fans or message content.   Flags on poles longer than 2 ft in length are prohibited.

PARKING & TAILGATING

Guests wishing to park in K lot for the game, are able to park when K lot opens at 6:30 AM and the cost will be $25/car, $50 for oversized vehicles.  VIP parking lots J & L will open at 9:30 AM. 

Please note: Darien Street south of Pattison Ave. will be closed from 11:30 AM until approximately 1 PM. No cars or pedestrians will be allowed to access this area until the street has been reopened.

Tailgating is not permitted in parking lots north of Pattison Avenue and west of Darien Street (Lots Q through W and the lot near the NovaCare Complex). 

REPORTING FAN BEHAVIOR

To anonymously report fan behavior in your Section, send us a text message to 78247 followed by the word ASSIST <space> your issue and location.  Stadium personnel are trained to respond quickly and appropriately.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please feel free to contact our Guest Services Hotline at 267.570.4400 for any additional questions related to Saturday's event.  Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @LFFStadium and @LFFGuest.

Enjoy the game!






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