It’s always a big game when Army and Navy square off no matter what the sport. The two service academies have one of the oldest rivalries in college sports making it a can’t miss whenever these two get together. Don’t miss it when the Black Knights and Midshipmen face off on the court as you’ll be in for a good one.
The Army-Air Force matchup is a fun game to attend each year. There are lots of bragging rights on the line when these two service academies get together, so make sure to be in attendance when the Black Knights square off against the Falcons.
Army Black Knights Stadium Guide
Army may have never made it to the NCAA tournament, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find lots of basketball history on display at Christl Arena. Christl Arena is packed to the brim with Army sports history as it not only features several trophy cases dedicated to the history of Army athletics, but it also is home to plaques honoring every captain in Black Knights history. Army also is where two of the greatest coaches in college hoops got their start, so make sure to take some time to see all of the Bob Knight and Coach K memorabilia hanging around the arena.
In addition to lots of memorabilia and historical displays, you’ll also find plenty of knowledgeable fans when attending a Black Knights game. The fans here love their team, and when it comes to the big games, like when Navy is in town, you’ll always find a packed house.
Before or after the game, take some time to explore West Point, which is one of the most beautiful places in America. Michie Stadium is famous for how gorgeous its beauty, and it’s no different when it comes to the area around Christl Arena.
If you’re looking to take in some Patriots League action, then you can’t beat an Army basketball game where the history inside the arena and beauty outside make a Black Knights game an unforgettable experience.
Make sure to check out the trophy cases when entering Christl Arena. The cases are filled with a variety of trophies and memorabilia celebrating the best athletes and soldiers in school history making them a must-see.
The second floor contains plaques dedicated to all of the captains in Army athletics history, so stop by and check them out. The plaques honor Heisman Trophy winners such as Glen W. Davis and Peter Dawkins as well as legendary basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Despite the fact Army has never gone to the NCAA Tournament, you’ll find plenty of banners hanging above the court. The banners celebrate the Black Knights eight NIT appearances as well as some of the best players in Army basketball history, so take them all in during your visit to West Point.
Join the Army cheerleaders in rooting on the Black Knights. The cheer squad keeps everyone engaged in the action on the court and is a big part of any Army basketball game making them a must-see at any game.
Don’t miss the Army mule mascot when attending an Army sporting event. The mule has been a symbol of the Army since 1899, and while you won’t find a live mule inside Christl Arena, the costumed version will provide plenty of entertainment.
The Army team’s the pride and dream
Of every heart in gray.
The Army line you’ll ever find
A terror in the fray.
And when the team is fighting
For the Black and Gray and Gold,
We’re always near with song and cheer
And this is the tale we’re told:
The Army team
Rah! Rah! Rah! Boom!
On, brave old Army team!
On to the fray.
Fight on to victory
For that’s the fearless Army way.
The Alma Mater
Sung after every game along with the opposing team’s alma mater
Hail, Alma Mater dear,
To us be ever near.
Help us thy motto bear
Through all the years.
Let Duty be well performed.
Honor be e’er untarned
Country be ever armed.
West Point, by thee.
Guide us, thine own, aright
Teach us by day, by night,
To keep thine honor bright,
For thee to fight.
When we depart from thee,
Serving on land or sea,
May we stand loyal be,
West Point, to thee
And when our work is done,
Our course on earth is run,
May it be said, “Well done”
Be thou at peace.”
E’er may that line of gray
Increase from day to day
Live, serve, and die, we pray,
West Point, for thee.