2010 Army Navy Game – Travel Guide, Information for Visitors


The 2010 Army Navy Game - The Basics

Where - Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia, Which Has a Seating Capacity of 68,532 (And Which Will Undoubtedly Be Sold Out)

What Date - Saturday, December 11, 2010

Lincoln Financial Field Gates Open At 10:30 AM

The March-On (The Most Important Piece of Pageantry) Takes Place At 11:30 AM

The March-On of the Annapolis Brigade of Midshipmen: 11:44 AM

The March-On of the West Point Corps of Cadets: 12:14 PM

Kick-off: 2:40 PM EST

Television - CBS - Verne Lundquist as play-by-play, Gary Danielson as color analyst, Tracy Wolfson on sideline; Radio - Westwood One (National), 97.5 FM (Regional - Philadelphia)

The History of the Army Navy Games in Philadelphia

Of the 110 contests, heading into the 2010 Army Navy Game, the vast majority have been played in Philadelphia, 82 of them. 2010 will make the 83rd game in Philadelphia, in four different venues – Franklin Field, Municipal/JFK Stadium, Veterans Stadium, and its current home, Lincoln Financial Field.

Of the 82 games in Philadelphia, Navy has prevailed 40 times, Army 38 times, with four ties.

The first Army – Navy Game to be played in Philadelphia, took place all the way back in the 19th century!

On December 2, 1899 – Army won, 17-5, at Franklin Field, on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. It was the first of six consecutive clashes at Franklin Field.



Taking SEPTA To the 2010 Army Navy Game - We Highly Recommend It - Just Follow Our Guide On How To Do It

Our Comprehensive SEPTA To Lincoln Financial Field Guide for the 2010 Army Navy Game

We've assembled a highly comprehensive Guide to Taking SEPTA to Lincoln Financial Field, which should cover any questions or issues that you have, in terms of learning how to use SEPTA to travel to the 2010 Army Navy Game.

2010 Army Navy Game Tickets - Which Side Is the Army Side, And the Navy Side, At Lincoln Financial Field? Here Is The Complete List of Section Numbers, To Help Guide You In Buying Your Tickets

A common, and very understandable, question is-

Which Side Is The Army Side, And Which Side Is the Navy Side? I Want To Sit On My Academy's Side...

Geographically, the Army side is the west side of Lincoln Financial Field, the Navy side is the east. But it would be easier for you, if we just listed the section numbers... so we've compiled the entire list, on our Guide to 2010 Army Navy Game Tickets.

Our Guides to the Broad Street Subway and Using SEPTA Tokens for the 2010 Army Navy Game

Of course, in order to take SEPTA to the 2010 Army Navy Game, you'll have to navigate the Broad Street Subway, also known as the SEPTA Orange Line. This can be intimidating and confusing, particularly if you aren't familiar with it. Accordingly, in addition to the Lincoln Financial Field Guide linked above, we also have created a Broad Street Subway Guide. This guide can be helpful, as well as our Guide to Using SEPTA Tokens - as you'll need tokens to ride the Broad Street Subway, this shows you how and where to buy them.

If not, just e-mail us with questions.

We Also Have A Guide to 2010 Army Navy Game Hotels

This page - our basic Guide to 2010 Army Navy Game Hotels - makes recommendations that you not only find a hotel somewhere in Center City Philadelphia, but also links out to other pages, with specifics on the available hotels in each section of Center City Philadelphia, and the potential advantages and drawbacks of each. Take a look, as we believe that you'll find it helpful.

Army - Navy FanFest - Which Requires a Game Ticket - Will Take Place At HeadHouse Plaza at Lincoln Financial Field, From 10:30 AM to Kickoff at 2:40 PM

The Army Navy FanFest will take place for about four hours on game day, Saturday, December 11 - from 10:30 AM to kickoff, officially scheduled for 2:40 PM. This is another entertainment option, during the day, prior to the start of the game itself, and in between the pageantry of the March-on.

Army Navy FanFest, located at HeadHouse Plaza at Lincoln Financial Field, will feature live music, face painting, giveaways, interactive games, and various other sundry activities for fans lucky enough to have tickets.

Army Navy Salute at Citizens Bank Parkway - Free and Available to the General Public, As Game Tickets Are Not Required - 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM

In the vicinity of Lincoln Financial Field - as Citizens Bank Park, the home of the NL East champion Philadelphia Phillies - is directly across the street on Pattison Avenue - there will be the Army Navy Salute, from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM.

This is unique, as it does not require fans to have Army Navy Game tickets. There will be demonstrations and displays from both the Army and Navy, for the public.



2010 Army Navy Game - Related Things to Do in Philadelphia, Other Than the Game Itself

Friday, December 10, 2010 - Cadets and Midshipmen Compete in the Rocky Relay, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

On Friday, December 10, at dawn, Cadets and Midshipmen will compete on the famous Rocky Steps at the equally famous Philadelphia Museum of Art, racing up the steps in the Rocky Relay.

For fans, there is also, at the base of the steps on the right, the famous Rocky statue, which appeared in the third installment of the series, Rocky III.

RECOMMENDED - Friday, December 10 - noon - 2010 Army Navy Game Pep Rally, at the Shops at Liberty Place in Center City

We've attended this event once before, and it's a great way to get the feel for the passion and school spirit, from both academies. The cheerleaders and mascots (the Army Black Knight, and the Navy Goat) will be there in the main foyer, and it's quite a spectacle, with highly enthusiastic cheering and excitement, in anticipation of the following day's clash on the gridiron.

This year, in addition to the Pep Rally, there will be a Hole-in-One Putting Competition between Cadets and Midshipmen.

Liberty Place is located at 16th and Chestnut Streets in Center City, and is easily accessible via SEPTA Regional Rail, at Suburban Station, just a block away.

Friday, December 10, 2010 - 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM - The 2010 Army Navy Gala Takes Place at the National Constitution Center - Invitation Only To This Formal Event

On Friday, from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM, the 2010 Army Navy Gala will kick off from the National Constitution Center, located at 525 Arch Street. While you can't score tickets without an invitation - if you are one of the lucky ones who has one, you should consider finding a hotel in Old City Philadelphia, in order to be convenient to the Constitution Center.

The National Constitution Center Hosts a Pep Rally and Invites Fans To Watch the 2010 Army Navy Game on the Big Screen on Saturday

RECOMMENDED - In Honor of the 2010 Army Navy Game, the National Constitution Center Offers Free Admission on Sunday, December 12, 2010, To See Its Blockbuster Art of the American Soldier Temporary Exhibit

Especially if you have never previously visited Philadelphia, we'd strongly recommend that you take this opportunity to see the National Constitution Center. Opened - fittingly - on July 4, 2003, it is cutting-edge, in every way.

In addition, its current blockbuster exhibit, The Art of the American Soldier, naturally would be of interest to any Army or Navy fans.

Friday, December 10 - Sunday, December 12 - New Hall Military Museum in Independence National Historical Park To Offer Special Extended Hours During Army - Navy Weekend

New Hall Military Museum, located in Independence National Historical Park, is often overlooked, due to the numerous historic buildings there. But it is a fascinating look at American military history, and of great interest to Army Navy fans.

New Hall Military Museum is located in Carpenters' Court - that is, on Chestnut Street, between 3rd and 4th Street. During the 2010 Army Navy Game weekend - Friday, December 10, Saturday, December 11, and Sunday, December 12 - it will have special extended visiting hours. It will be open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, on each of those days.

New Hall Military Museum is a replica building, of one constructed in 1791 by the Carpenters' Company - built explicitly to house the staff of the nation's Secretary of War, the former General Henry Knox, the most accomplished artillery general of the Revolutionary War. Knox had been a New England bookseller with no prior military experience. His expertise in artillery and engineering were skill that he remarkably self-taught, by reading military and artillery tracts, which he sold in his bookstore.

Today, the Museum provides a fascinating history and artifacts regarding the founding of the United States Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, focusing on the late 18th century, during much of which time Philadelphia was still the nation's capital.

Independence Seaport Museum on Penn's Landing Has Maritime History, the World War II Submarine USS Becuna, And Hopefully, Will Still Have USS Olympia - The Admiral Dewey Flagship from the Spanish-American War

Independence Seaport Museum, located at Penn's Landing, provides a fascinating look at Philadelphia's maritime history and seaport, and is an excellence choice for families, during 2010 Army Navy Game Weekend.

One prominent attraction is USS Becuna, a World War II submarine which you can tour.

UPDATE ON STATUS OF USS OLYMPIA

In late November, it was announced that a temporary rescue plan for USS Olympia had been implemented. As a result, Olympia will not be intentionally sunk in the immediate future. And best of all, she remains available for public tours throughout December 2010, including Army - Navy weekend.

Here was the original information, in centered, italicized text below - which reflected the original uncertainty that Olympia would still even be open for public tours, by the time the 2010 Army Navy Game arrived...

And hopefully, you'll still be able to take the tour of USS Olympia. Olympia - the oldest steel warship in the world still afloat - was the flagship of American Admiral George Dewey during the Spanish-American War, from which he uttered the famous phrase, "You may fire when ready, Gridley."

Unfortunately, Olympia is scheduled currently to be sunk intentionally off Cape May, New Jersey, due to lack of funds to maintain the century-old treasure. Public tours are still scheduled to cease permanently, as of Friday, November 22 (three weeks prior to the 2010 Army Navy Game). But hopefully, a rescue plan will be in place and Olympia will still be open for you to visit during 2010 Army Navy Game weekend.



Also At Penn's Landing - the USAV General Frank S. Besson, Jr. Will Be Open For Public Tours

The USAV General Frank S. Besson, Jr. - an Army ship, not a Navy ship - will be arriving at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing on Friday, December 10, at 1:00 PM. There will be public tours available on Saturday, December 11, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM; the ship will depart on Sunday, December 12, 2010.

Commodore John Barry - the Father of the American Navy - Is Honored by A Statue Behind Independence Hall, and Is Buried In Nearby Old St. Mary's Cemetery

Commodore John Barry - widely regarded as the Father of the American Navy, during the Revolutionary War - is honored with a statue, directly behind Independence Hall. In addition, you can see his grave at Old St. Mary's Church and Graveyard, which is just several blocks away, at 4th and Locust Streets. (There is a folklore tradition that the graveyard is haunted by the ghost of Barry's first wife, who is buried there, along with Barry and his second wife.)

Washington Monument - Philadelphia's Memorial to General Washington in Front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Is 44 Feet High, With Many Inscriptions

Directly in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is the prominent monument that Philadelphia constructed around the turn of the 20th century to honor George Washington. He is portrayed as he appeared when commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, during the Revolutionary War.

Also At the Philadelphia Museum of Art - On Its West Terrace, Near the Rocky Steps, Is The Terrace of Heroes, the Reilly Memorial

On the West Terrace of the Museum of Art, can be found memorials to various Revolutionary War officers. Many were not American-born, but volunteered to help the nascent United States in its struggle for liberty. The Reilly for whom the Memorial is named, was a Pennsylvania National Guard General William Moffett Reilly, who left a bequest in his will in 1896 to honor Revolutionary War heroes.

Here you can find statues commemorating:

General Casimir Pulaski - Installed in 1947, this honors the Polish patriot who served in the Continental Army, after battling gallantly for the freedom of his own country. A cavalry officer, he even had his own cavalry brigade, known as the Pulaski Legion. Unfortunately, Pulaski was mortally wounded in 1779, while leading an American attack on the British garrison in Savannah, Georgia. On his statue, Pulaski is portrayed holding a cavalryman's saber in his right hand.

Admiral John Paul Jones - The most famous naval officer of the Revolutionary War - and perhaps in all of American history - the Scottish-born Admiral is best known for his defiant statement to a British officer: "I have not yet begun to fight!"

In 1957, a statue honoring Jones was installed, which portrays him with a naval spyglass in his hands.

General Friedrich von Steuben - Steuben was a Prussian officer of the aristocratic class. (He is often known as "Baron von Steuben", although it is not known for certain whether he actually was a Baron.) But regardless of his official title of nobility, Steuben played a critical role in the improvement of the Continental Army. He instilled European, professionalized dedication to maneuvers and training in his young, inexperienced American soldiers. This professionalism was vital to the eventual American victory.

Steuben arguably was the most military knowledgeable officer, on either side of the American Revolution. The reason - Steuben had been a captain in the Prussian Army of Frederick the Great, the best and most efficient European army during the 18th century.

With Prussia at peace, Steuben sought employment in the American cause. He met with Benjamin Franklin when Franklin was in France, attempting to persuade King Louis XVI to enter the war on the American side. Franklin immediately recognized Steuben's talents and sent him to America, with a recommendation that Congress and Washington give him an opportunity to shine. They did so, and Steuben was named Inspector General of the United States Army.

Marquis de Lafayette - A young man from one of the wealthiest and noblest families in France, the teenaged Lafayette volunteered not only himself, but his considerable fortune, to the American cause. As a trained military officer, the young Marquis became indispensable to the Continental Army, serving as Washington's right-hand man. He developed a close relationship with Washington, who treated him like a son.

He went on to play a significant role in the French Revolution, but was imprisoned in Austria for four years, due to changing political circumstances. Long afterward, in 1824, Lafayette returned to America and was welcomed as a the 19th-century equivalent of a rock star. He was almost the last major figure from the Revolutionary War generation still alive, deep into the 19th century. (His national tour, where each city received him with a hero's welcome, revived popular interest in the Revolutionary War, and was partially responsible for saving Independence Hall from demolition.)

General Nathaniel Greene - The only American-born general on the Terrace of Heroes, Greene was a Quaker who was expelled from his meetinghouse for joining the Continental Army and thus breaching the Quaker tenet of pacifism. Greene was the second-most-accomplished American general, behind Washington. Most notably, he led a brilliant campaign in the American South, carefully avoiding battle with British General Lord Cornwallis, and ultimately setting the stage for Cornwallis's defeat at Yorktown, Virginia, the decisive battle of the war.

General Richard Montgomery - Born in Ireland, Montgomery actually served in the British Royal Army, rising to the rank of captain, prior to his service in the Continental Army. He left Britain after a decade passed without further promotion, and moved to America in 1775, right when hostilities began. Commissioned as a brigadier general, Montgomery was killed leading an unsuccessful attack on Quebec early in the war.

Over on the East Terrace, Is A Gilded Statue of General "Mad Anthony" Wayne

Continental Army General "Mad Anthony" Wayne - who received the nickname due to his impetuous courage under fine - was memorialized in this gilded statue in 1938, in which he is portrayed on horseback.

Joan of Arc - A Gold Statue of the French Military Heroine, Newly Repainted, On Kelly Drive, Across the Street From the Museum of Art

Joan of Arc - Jeanne D'Arc, as she was known in French - was a 15th-century French peasant teenager, who heard voices of three saints, telling her to expel the English from their occupation of France, during the Hundred Years' War. After leading French forces to victory, she was captured by the English and executed for alleged witchcraft - and canonized as Saint Joan of Arc by the Roman Catholic Church in 1920.

With a newly repainted, bright gold coat, she is vividly portrayed in her medieval armor, on horseback.


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