"Shifting the Iowa State game to Friday night provides a national stage for the Army and Iowa State football programs," said Army athletics director Kevin Anderson. "Our fans and soldiers around the world will be very excited about this opportunity. I'd like to thank Iowa State athletics director Bruce Van De Velde and the ISU administration for their cooperation and assistance in making this special event possible."
The game will be the second ever meeting between the two schools. Army beat Iowa State, 9-7 on October 31, 1964 in Michie Stadium.
"We got a call from the people at West Point to see if we would be open to helping them get this game on national television," Iowa State athletics director Bruce Van De Velde said. "Ultimately, it is Army's decision when to play the game. But this will be a chance for our armed forces around the country and worldwide to watch the game by satellite. That was part of our decision-making progress. We did consult the Iowa High School Athletic Association and they understood the unique nature of this game."
"The Army gameday atmosphere is one of the greatest in college football," said Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney. "We communicated our situation to the IHSAA and appreciate their understanding about Army's scheduling of the game. Playing at Army in a game that will be seen around the world is truly special."