Saturday, August 31, 2019

Navy Hosts Holy Cross in Season Opener

Navy hosts Holy Cross from the Patriot League this afternoon at 3:30 in the season opener for both teams.  The Midshipmen are coming off a disappointing 3-10 season, the worst since Ken Niumatalolo became head coach in 2008.  The Crusaders finished the 2018 season with a 5-6 record with four consecutive wins to end the season.

A home game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is different than any other. You must arrive early to experience all the unique activities and traditions that make a Navy football game special.  The team arrives about two and a half hours before kickoff.  The team buses stop at the Blue Angel and the players and coaches walk down the sidewalk into the stadium.  The March-On by the Brigade of Midshipmen is a must see.  This takes place about 20 minutes before kickoff.

Normally around the time the Navy team takes the field, the traditional fly-by takes place.  Today, two F/A-18 Hornets will provide the excitement.  Ten minutes before kickoff, the National Anthem is performed and feels a little bit more special at the Naval Academy.  This afternoon, a parachute jumper will carry an American flag onto the field just before kickoff.

After the game, both teams will gather on the field in front of the Brigade to sing the academy’s alma mater, Navy Blue & Gold.

Today’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network.  You can also get updates throughout the afternoon here on Mid-Atlantic Sports.

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