NAVY (Navy-Marine Memorial Stadium)
GAME DAY: October 5, 2013 and October 24, 2015
- OPPONENTS: Air Force, Tulane
- SCORE: Midshipmen 28, Falcons 10 Midshipmen 31, Tulane 14
- CAPACITY/ATTENDANCE: 34,000/38,225 34,000/32,033
- THE TRIP: Annapolis is less than an hour away from our home in Virginia. My father, a retired U.S. Navy aviator, and two of my kids attended the Air Force game. My daughter's "BFFL" is a Midshipman and we went to the Tulane game to watch football and more importantly, see him.
- IMPRESSIONS: Beautiful town worth visiting in its own right, especially if you're a sailor. The stadium was simple in structure, very user-friendly, and not surprisingly (being a military installation) very clean. Concessions were limited. Surprisingly despite a close contest with a service rival, the Navy faithful were extremely reserved and quiet, even on key Falcon third downs later in the game. The most quiet crowd I've ever experienced. (The Tulane game was even more quiet) The real beauty and inspiration of the stadium. apart from its straight-forward, old-time football simplicity, is that the structure is actually a war memorial to Navy and Marine veterans and the battles they've fought over the course of U.S. history.
- WE LOVED: The thousands of Midshipmen and the Navy band who occupied the seats behind the Navy bench, who went to the end zone and did pushups each time Navy scored. Easily the most polite crowd I've ever encountered (but too quiet!).
- TRAVEL TIP: If you're driving to the stadium on 50 East, which is the main highway leading in and out of Annapolis, consider leaving earlier than you normally would due to traffic. It took us over an hour to drive the last mile to the stadium. Traffic was understandably heavier for the Air Force game than the Tulane game.