Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Navy Accepts Bid To Play In The 2015 Military Bowl

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, benefiting the USO, announced today that No. 22 Navy (9-2) has accepted a bid to play in this year’s game against an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference.  Kickoff is set for 2:30 PM on Monday, December 28 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis and will be televised nationally by ESPN.

“What a great way for the Navy Midshipmen to conclude their sensational season playing an ACC team on their home field,” Military Bowl President and Executive Director Steve Beck said.  “We feel fortunate to have a team like Navy in our game and look forward to a great atmosphere on game day.”

“Exposure to the great city of Washington with all of its historic attractions will be a wonderful experience for our Midshipmen,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk.  “Then with the main event on our home turf against a successful team from the ACC completes what I call the total post season package. Thanks to Steve Beck and his staff, it is easy to rate the Military Bowl as a highlight of the season for Navy Football.”

“Our players are excited about the opportunity to play one last game in what is hallowed ground at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium,” said Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo.  “Having the opportunity to represent the American Athletic Conference against a team from a Power Five conference makes it that more exciting.  The 32 seniors that will be playing their last football game for Navy deserve to play in front of a full house at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium one final time.”

Navy fans can purchase tickets to attend the Military Bowl or donate tickets at: http://bit.ly/1MIDOQd or by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY.  Ticket prices are $80 for the lower level and $55 for the upper level.   Donated tickets are $55 and will be given to either midshipmen or enlisted personnel in the area. Fans are reminded that although the game will be played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, it is not a Navy administered contest and some traditional accommodations will not be available for this contest.  All of Navy’s tickets will be on the blue or press box side of the stadium.

Navy’s ACC opponent will be announced on Sunday, December 6, after the pairings for the New Year’s Six bowl games are determined.

On game day, festivities begin with the Official Tailgate at 9:00 AM and the Military Bowl Parade at 11:00 AM, traveling from City Dock to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

This will be the Navy’s 12th bowl game in the past 13 seasons. Navy will be looking to win a third-straight bowl game for the first time in school history.

Navy is in the midst of a season to remember. The Mids have been nationally ranked for four consecutive weeks, the first time that has happened since 1978. Navy plays its annual game against Army on December 12 in Philadelphia, where a victory will tie the school record for most victories in a season. Quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who is among the contenders for the Heisman Trophy, holds the Football Bowl Subdivision record with 83 career rushing touchdowns and is tied for the record with 83 career total touchdowns.

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