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Army v. Navy in Tug-of-War at the Battleship

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When:         Friday, December 9, 2022 at 1:30pm

 

Where:        Battleship New Jersey Memorial & Museum

Pier

100 Clinton Street

Camden Waterfront

 

What:          The Cadets of the United States Military Academy will take on the Midshipmen of the Naval

Academy in a Tug-of-War battle on the Patricia Egan Jones Pier of the Battleship New Jersey on Friday,

Dec. 9 at 1:30pm. The competition, which is part of the Patriot Games prior to the Army-Navy football

game on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, is free to attend.

 

The Tug-of-War event also features the marching bands and spirit squads from both academies.

 

The Battleship has also teamed up with Rutgers Military Department on a Army-Navy Game

Watch Party on Saturday, Dec. 10, beginning at 2pm.  Guests can watch the game on the two

80-inch TV monitors on the fantail, the heated tented rear deck of the Battleship.  Snacks and a

cash bar will be available. Just a $10 donation gets guest into the Fantail.  For a $20 donation,

guests can add on a tour of the Battleship.  Tickets can be purchased online at

https://tinyurl.com/nepj8hd4 or at the Battleship’s Ticket Office.

 

On Saturday, December 10, the Army-Navy Game will return to Philadelphia for the 90th time in

the rivalry’s 123-year history. The game kicks off at Lincoln Financial Field as Army and Navy

face-off in America’s Game.  The city anticipates a large influx of more than 50,000 visitors, who

will consume more than 31,000 hotel room nights.

 

The weekend also serves as a platform for promoting Philadelphia to millions on national television

and the sellout crowd of nearly 70,000 fans that attend the game.

 

“Army-Navy weekend is all about celebrating America’s armed forces and their service to our country,”

said Gregg Caren, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We are

honored to welcome military families to Philadelphia for the game weekend and to recognize the sacrifices

they have made for our nation.”

 

“The entire city will be electric all weekend as we welcome fans from around the country,” said Larry Needle,

executive director of PHL Sports. “This is the 90th year we have had the privilege to host the Academies, and

we’re incredibly proud of the legacy we’ve created together.”

 

In addition to the Academies, the weekend is produced by a number of local partners, including PHL Sports, a

business development division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), the City of

Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

While the Army-Navy Game is the weekend’s focal point, there are events and activities throughout the city

leading up to kickoff:

 

Friday, December 9:

Patriot Games: A two-day, five-event competition between teams of Cadets and Midshipmen – with a series of

events at various Philadelphia-area landmarks. The Patriot Games are comprised of:

  • The Rocky Relay (December 9, 8:30 a.m., Steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art)
  • Leadership Reaction Course (December 9, 10:00 a.m., Independence Visitor Center)
  • Pull-Up Challenge (December 9, 12:00 p.m., The Shops at Liberty Place)
  • Tug of War (December 9, 1:30 p.m., USS New Jersey Battleship)

 

Army-Navy Pep Rally: Serving as the official kickoff, The Shops at Liberty Place will play host to the Army-Navy

Pep Rally at 12 p.m. on Friday, December 9, where spectators will get fired up with performances by the Academies’

cheerleader squads and pep bands.

 

Assembly Day with Operation Gratitude: At the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Friday, December 9 from 1:30 pm

– 3:30 p.m., volunteers will assemble 2,000 care packages to be sent to U.S. troops. The public can sign up to volunteer

in Assembly Day here.

 

Gala: At the Pennsylvania Convention Center Grand Hall from 6:30 – 10 p.m., Philadelphia welcomes the Academies,

and all of the game partners to celebrate ahead of game day with a sit-down dinner and gala. Mayor Jim Kenney and the

Academy Superintendents will offer remarks. This event is closed to the public, but open to media.

 

Saturday, December 10 *Denotes game day ticket required

Red, White & You: The PHLCVB Foundation’s Red, White & You Community Outreach Program supports legacy projects

surrounding the Army-Navy Game, impacting young people and the men and women of our military. The program will

welcome 350 JROTC members from the Philadelphia and Camden School Districts to the Army-Navy Game, as well as

partner with the Travis Manion Foundation in hosting Wounded Warriors and Gold Star families.

 

Exclusive Fan Tailgate: On game day, Saturday, December 10, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., fans can beat the cold by getting fired

up at the Army-Navy Tailgate, located inside Citizens Bank Park’s Hall of Fame Club, across the street from Lincoln Financial

Field.

 

Army-Navy Fan Fest*: Ahead of kickoff on Saturday, November 10, Fan Fest will take place inside of the stadium at Lincoln

Financial Field’s HeadHouse Plaza (gates open at 11 a.m.), with live music, games, face painting and giveaways.

 

March-On*: Time-honored tradition in which the entire Corps of Cadets and Brigade of Midshipmen “march-on” to the field

ahead of kickoff to honor their respective teams, starting at 12:15 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field.

 

Stadium Obstacle Relay*: The final leg of the Patriot Games takes place at 1:15 p.m. on the field.

 

123rd Army-Navy Game*: America’s Game kicks off at 3:10 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field.

 

For more information on all Army-Navy Weekend activities, visit DiscoverPHL.com.

 

                     The Battleship New Jersey Memorial and Museum is open every day for tours from 10:00 a.m.  to 4:00 p.m.  Scouts,

youth organizations and families: Spend a night aboard the Battleship!  Our award-winning overnight program

includes dinner and breakfast served from the chowline, a guided tour of the Battleship, the chance to fire a salute

from the saluting gun, and the opportunity to sleep in the bunks that the crew of the USS New Jersey  once slept.

$75 per person. To reserve your bunks, call 866-877-6262 x203.  For more information on programs and events at

the Battleship, visit www.battleshipnewjersey.org.

 

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