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Army-Navy Game Will Return to New York Metro Area for 20th Anniversary of 9/11

The Army-Navy football game returns to Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field this December and will remain there for the 2018-2020 games. The 2021 game will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the series will return to Philadelphia in 2022.

Army won a long-overdue 21-17 victory at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium, its first win in the annual clash since 2001. Then President-elect Trump visited the stadium and commented on the game as he visited with the CBS announcers during the game.

“I just love the armed forces,” Trump sad. “Love the folks. The spirit is so incredible. I mean, I don’t know if it’s necessarily the best football. But boy, do they have spirit.”

Navy fans might disagree. The team had consistently been ranked in the Top 25 over the course of the season before dropping the American Athletic Conference championship game to Temple the week before. The Midshipmen knocked off a Houston squad that was considered a dark horse national championship contender in October and later defeated Notre Dame, ending all hope for a turnaround in a dismal season for the Fighting Irish.

This year's game will be the 118th meeting of the two teams and will be played on December 9th at 3pm ET and broadcast on CBS. The official name for the game is the “Army – Navy Game presented by USAA.” The financial services company first sponsored the game in 2009 and will continue to do so until at least 2025.

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