Pittsburgh interested in hosting Army-Navy

Philadelphia has become the home for the Army-Navy game, but the showdown could move across the state to Pittsburgh.

According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the city will decide within a month whether to bid on the classic. Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, would host the game.

Pittsburgh is one of seven cities, including Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore and East Rutherford, N.J., which are interested in hosting. Craig Davis, a vice president of VisitPittsburgh, the tourism and promotional agency of Allegheny County, told the newspaper that the host city must guarantee the academies at least $4.5 million per game. The money would come primarily from ticket sales and corporate sponsors.

In 2001, Pittsburgh bid for two Army-Navy games in a five-year span. The academies shot down the proposal, awarding four games to Philadelphia and one to Baltimore. The City of Brotherly Love has hosted 80 of the 108 Army-Navy classics and will host this year's game and the 2009 showdown.

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