Army-Navy will play near World Trade Center site for 9/11 anniversary
MetLife Stadium is about 10 miles away from where the World Trade Center buildings once stood
Update: The sites for the next five Army-Navy games have been officially announced. Confirming previous reports, the next three games from 2018-20 will be held in Philadelphia. The game site will then shift to East Rutherford, New Jersey, at MetLife Stadium for a 20-year remembrance of the 9/11 attacks. The game will then shift back to Philly in 2022, marking the 91st time Army and Navy have played there.
The 2021 game in East Rutherford will mark the fifth time Army and Navy have played at that location, and it will be the first time at MetLife.
"As a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, I have fond memories of the Army-Navy Game," said retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral John Bird, USAA senior vice president for military affairs, in a statement.. "The importance of this game is instilled in each new Cadet and Midshipmen from their first day at the Academy. On behalf of USAA's members and employees, we are honored and excited to be a part of this annual tradition, by celebrating America's future leaders and thanking those in attendance who are serving or have served."
The locations for multiple future Army-Navy games were announced on Monday, and the two military academies have agreed to play one game about 10 miles away from the World Trade Center site on the 20-year anniversary of 9/11.
The 2021 edition of the Army-Navy Game will be played at MetLife Stadium inside the Meadowlands Sports Complex in New Jersey, according to Brett McMurphy.
MetLife is located across the Hudson River from the World Trade Center site and about an 11-mile drive on the Lincoln Tunnel. The game is scheduled for Dec. 11, 2021, missing the precise 20-year anniversary by three months.
The Army-Navy game will be played in Philadelphia from 2017-20. Though the game site has rotated over the years, Philly has been the prominent location.
CBS Sports announced in May that it will air the Army-Navy Game through 2028. It has been the home of the annual rivalry since 1996.
It appears as if the Army-Navy Game will officially announce this information on Tuesday.
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