Navy News and Notes: Venues Edition

Army-Navy soccer and an August 4th Ravens practice session are on the horizon.

Ravens coming back to town

One of the highlights of the summer in Annapolis this year will be the Baltimore Ravens practicing at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the second consecutive year. The practice will of course have extra spice this year as spectators will get to see and meet the reigning Super Bowl Champions free of charge. The session will also include fan initiative events such as player autograph signings, cheerleader/mascot meet and greets, and fun athletic activities aimed specifically for kids.

Analysis: It is always great when the Academy can bring in events like this to the stadium. As well attended as the event was last year it is likely to be even bigger this year with the Ravens having the added tag as World Champions. Anyone with any interest in pro football should get to the event as the opportunity to have a meet and greet with superstar players in this setting does not come around that often.

Navy vs. Army soccer heard for PPL Park

Another event in its second season will take place on November 8th when Army and Navy will take their historic 80th meeting in men's soccer to PPL Park the home of Philadelphia Union in MLS. The organizers are looking to grow the clash after the inaugural meeting drew a crowd of 4,000 raucous fans to the facility. Navy hold an advantage in the series 38-27-14 and will be looking to improve on that mark. Both coaches love the experience that taking the contest to an MLS stadium provides as the professional atmosphere creates an atmosphere unlike anywhere else that the Mids play.

Analysis: For non-revenue sports to have the opportunity to play in venues like this is something special. Sometimes we get caught up in the pageantry and facility standards that are seen in the big football and basketball games and forget that not everyone gets to play in that atmosphere. The more deals that can be struck to take advantage of the sporting passion of the area the better off the Mids will be both in terms of recruiting and athlete satisfaction.

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