Guide To Army-Navy Pregame Ceremonies

To anyone with tickets to this Saturday’s Army-Navy game at FedExField, you’re going to want to arrive early and take in all of the pageantry of the game.  Indeed, this game is much more than a game, and much closer to an All-American Football Event that fans won’t want to miss.

The respective military academy bands will get into action around 11 a.m., performing and parading as part of the tradition step-off and march onto the field.  This is one of the best pregame ceremonies in all of football, and each band will play for about 45 minutes.

After that, there will be a game ball presentation by the academy marathon teams.  A little before 1 p.m., players will be allowed to warm up on the field, about 90 minutes before kickoff.  The players will exit the field at about 2:15 p.m. and prepare for pregame introductions.

Before kickoff, there will be service academy exchange of Cadets and Midshipmen, as well as an invocation by the Navy Chaplain.  As each team takes the field, there will be flyover by the respective branch’s aerial units.

All of this will happen before the 2:40 kickoff on CBS.  If you really want the full experience of an Army-Navy game, you ate strongly encouraged to show up early and take it all in.  Parking lots open at 8:30 a.m., and the early bird gets the proverbial worm.

For further preview, here’s Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder discussing the significance of the event with Redskins Nation’s Larry Michael:

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