GoMids.com has learned that Navy football will have plenty of support on the road this season as the entire Brigade of Midshipmen will travel to three games away from Annapolis. This is a significant departure from 2007 when less than 80 midshipmen traveled to Philadelphia for the opener against Temple. Keep reading to see how many Mids will be traveling this season.
According to the U.S. Naval Academy public affairs office, the entire Brigade will not only travel to Baltimore to see Navy take on Maryland on Sept. 6th and to Philadelphia on Dec. 11th for the Army game, over 4,000 Mids will invade the new Meadowlands Stadium for the Notre Dame game in New Jersey on Oct. 23rd.
Here is the breakdown of the number of Mids who will be traveling for the remaining away games. Please note that the public affairs office said that these numbers are subject to change and are approximate.
9/18: at Louisiana Tech (100 midshipmen)
10/02: at Air Force (100 midshipmen)
10/09: at Wake Forest (200 midshipmen plus any who travel on their own)
11/06: at East Carolina (200 midshipmen plus any who travel on their own)
In addition to the entire Brigade attending the Maryland game, pre-game festivities will include the traditional march-on and a flyover by VFA-106 based out of Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. Piloting the lead aircraft will be Navy Lt. Michael Stanfield, USNA Class of 2002. Stanfield also received his Master's degree from the University of Maryland. The wing aircraft will be piloted by Navy Lt. Michael Smith, USNA Class of 2002.