Philly retains Army-Navy game, but Meadowlands gets it for 2021

 Athletic Directors of the two academy's stand with Mayor Jim Kenney and his unique hat (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Athletic Directors of the two academy's stand with Mayor Jim Kenney and his unique hat (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

The annual Army Navy football game is remaining in Philadelphia for five of the next six years.

Philadelphia beat out other major cities for the long-standing rivalry since it has an estimated $30 million impact on the host region.

The existing contract expires after this December’s game Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk says the new deal has the city hosting for four years out of the next five.

“There’s no question in anyone’s mind in the final analysis that Philadelphia is the benchmark, they have set the standard in regard to a commitment to this game,” he said.

West Point Athletic Director Boo Corrigan says it was a matter of being on neutral territory.

“We turned it into an algebra question on this. If a cadet leaves West Point on a bus going 60 miles an hour and a midshipman leaves Annapolis at 60 miles an hour who would get there first. Ironically it all fits at zero at Lincoln financial Field,” he joked.

The 2021 game will be played at Met Life Stadium in North Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie held news conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss details. That game will be played on December 11, 2021.

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