The Navy Football Fan Fest/Media Day is always a great way to get in the mood for the upcoming football season. The 2016 version of the event will take place from 10 a.m.-noon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The administration has worked hard over the years to make this event run smoothly and they have the timing and organization nailed down at this point. The Mids players will sign autographs on the press box side concourse for the first hour of the event, before moving down to the field to interact with the fans. It is this second hour when the event really takes off as one of the cooler opening season events in the nation.
For the Fan Fest part of the day there will again be the staples such as inflatables, giveaways, and live music. The event is free, but there will be a $5 charge for parking. Also the first 250 kids through the gate will receive a free t-shirt.
This event is fun for the fans, but it is also a big deal for the Mids players. The team reports to camp on August 2, with the first practice set to take place the following day. The event is well timed because it happens soon enough after the players have begun camp to not really get in the way of their preparation for the upcoming season, yet it still feels like a good little break after those first few practices to knock off the rust.
The ties that the football team has made with the community over the past few seasons have been very important to the Mids current winning run. Navy still feels like a true college football team, one that is different because of its Service Academy status, but one where the fans are valued over the monetary gain that the program provides. There are a number of power football schools all over the country that could learn from what Navy is doing in Annapolis.