Navy Midshipmen Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: Ed DeChellis

Team Mascot: Bill the Goat

Year Opened: 1991

Capacity: 5710

City / State: Annapolis / Maryland

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Army vs Navy Rivalry

Rival Team: Army Black Knights

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.

Navy Midshipmen Stadium Guide

In Game

If you want to learn more about Navy history and take in some Patriots League action, then a trip to Annapolis is just the thing for you. All around Alumni Hall you’ll find tributes to those who have served in the Navy. The arena contains rooms full of plaques honoring former members of the Navy, and each of the seats is dedicated to someone who served in the Navy as well. Alumni Hall also features several Navy-themed murals and miniature ships as well, so come prepared to see lots of Navy history when attending a Midshipmen basketball game.

Navy history isn’t the only thing on display when attending a Midshipmen basketball game. You’ll find the same type of college basketball pageantry as elsewhere in the Patriot League when attending a Navy basketball game. The cheerleaders, drum and bugle corp, and mascot all put on excellent performances, and the atmosphere inside Alumni Hall is among the best in the Patriot League as fans from Annapolis come out in strong numbers to support their team.

Additionally, there is plenty to see and do before and after the game as he Navy campus features several must-sees including the US Naval Academy Museum, The Naval Academy Chapel, and the Herndon Monument. If you get a bit hungry during your trip, then make sure to head to downtown Annapolis where you’ll find lots of great restaurants including Chick & Ruth’s Delly among other options.

A trip to Annapolis to see a Navy basketball game is a fantastic experience for any college hoops fan, so start planning your trip today.

Things to check out

Memorial Plazas

Before entering Alumni Hall stop by the two memorial plazas outside the arena. The plazas were donated by the classes of 1942, ‘52, and ‘58, and are a must-see for anyone attending a Navy basketball game.


Inside Alumni Hall are three murals donated by the class of 1961. The murals are marine artists Tom Freeman’s work and are titled “The Marines at the Hue Citadel," "Dawn on Yankee Station," and "Rescue by USS Barb." Stop by and see all of the murals during your trip to Annapolis.

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David Robinson Banner

David Robinson is the greatest player in Navy basketball history, so make sure to see the banner honoring him inside Alumni Hall. The Admiral made his mark not only at Navy but also in the NBA winning two NBA championships and the 1995 MVP Award.

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Plaques and Seat Dedications

Alumni Hall is home to tons of plaques honoring those who have served in the Navy, and the arena’s seats are dedicated to them as well. There are tons of tributes to former Navy officials, so take them all in during your visit.

Miniature Ships

Make sure to check out the miniature ships displayed around Alumni Hall. The ships are a can’t miss for anyone visiting as well as an excellent way to learn more about Naval history.

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Bill the Goat

Bill the Goat is Navy’s official mascot and can be found at every Midshipmen game. Bill entertains the crowd with his antics, and you never know where he’ll show up next, so keep an eye out for him when attending a Navy basketball game.

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The cheerleaders are a big part of the game day experience at Navy as they do an excellent job pumping up the crowd. The cheer squad performs a variety of routines during games, although the most popular by far is the t-shirt toss. Get loud when the Navy cheerleaders take the court for your chance to take home a free t-shirt.

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Drum and Bugle Corp

Instead of a traditional pep band, Navy has a drum and bugle corp. These talented musicians put on quite the performances during the game and provide an excellent in-game atmosphere, so enjoy the show during your trip to Annapolis.

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Fight Songs

  1. Anchors Aweigh

    Navy’s primary fight song


    [Verse 1]
    Stand Navy out to sea,
    Fight our battle cry;
    We’ll never change our course,
    So vicious foe steer shy-y-y-y.
    Roll out the TNT,
    Anchors Aweigh.
    Sail on to victory
    And sink their bones to Davy Jones, hooray!

    [Verse 2]
    Anchors Aweigh, my boys,
    Anchors Aweigh.
    Farewell to foreign shores,
    We sail at break of day-ay-ay-ay.
    Through our last night ashore,
    Drink to the foam,
    Until we meet once more.
    Here’s wishing you a happy voyage home.

    [Verse 3]
    Blue of the mighty deep:
    Gold of God’s great sun.
    Let these our colors be
    Till all of time be done, done, done, done.
    On seven seas we learn
    Navy’s stern call:
    Faith, courage, service true,
    With honor, over honor, over all.

  2. Navy Blue & Gold

    Navy’s alma mater sung after games

    Now colleges from sea to sea
    May sing of colors true,
    But who has better right than we
    To hoist a symbol hue:
    For sailors brave in battle fair
    Since fighting days of old,
    Have proved the sailor’s right to wear
    The Navy Blue & Gold.

    So hoist our colors, hoist them high,
    And vow allegiance true,
    So long as sunset gilds the sky
    Above the ocean blue,
    Unlowered shall those colors be
    Whatever fate they meet,
    So glorious in victory,
    Triumphant in defeat.

    Four years together by the Bay,
    Where Severn joins the tide,
    Then by the Service called away,
    We’re scattered far and wide;
    But still when two or three shall meet,
    And old tales be retold,
    From low to highest in the Fleet,
    We’ll pledge the Blue and Gold.

  3. Eternal Father, Strong to Save

    Eternal Father, strong to save,
    Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
    Who biddest the mighty ocean deep
    Its own appointed limits keep;
    Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
    For those in peril on the sea!

    O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
    And hushed their raging at Thy Word,
    Who walked on the foaming deep,
    And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
    Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
    For those in peril on the sea!

    Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
    Upon the chaos dark and rude,
    And bid its angry tumult cease,
    And give, for wild confusion, peace;
    Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
    For those in peril on the sea!

    O Trinity of love and power!
    Our family shield in danger’s hour;
    From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
    Protect us wheresoever we go;
    Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
    Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

  4. The Goat is Old and Gnarly

    The Goat is old & gnarly & he’s never been to school,
    But He can take the bacon from the worn out Army mule;
    He’s got no education, but he’s brimmin full O’fight,
    & Bill will feed on Army mule tonight!
    Army, Army, call the doctor
    Army, Army, call the doctor
    Army, Army, call the doctor
    You’re all in down and . . .

    Whoa Ensign had a break today, no??
    Take one!!
    Army, Army call the doctor,
    You’re all in, down & out!

  5. Navy Victory March

  6. I Believe That We Will Win

    The famous chant that can be heard throughout the country originated at the Naval Academy. The chant credited to Jay Rodriguez came to notoriety in 1999 during Navy’s 19-9 win over Army as Rodriguez’s friend and cheerleader Corey Strong led the crowd in a stirring rendition of the cheer. Today the cheer is a staple at Navy games and is heard late in games when a Midshipmen victory is imminent. Join in on the cheer as the Midshipmen march to victory.

    I believe that We will win!

    I believe that We will win!

    I believe that We will win!

Navy Midshipmen Bars & Restaurants

  1. Castlebay Irish Pub

    Castlebay Irish Pub

    Traditional fare & pints come among mahogany furnishings, stained glass & memorabilia.

    193A Main St, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA


    Bar website

    - $

  2. Harry Browne’s

    Harry Brownes

    Upscale American fare & wines are served to a power crowd at this classy art deco dining room & bar.

    66 State Cir, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. DRY 85

    DRY 85

    Intimate nook with 1920s flair offering whiskey & beer, plus refined takes on American comfort food.

    193B Main St, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  4. Dock Street Bar

    Dock Street Bar

    A local favorite, bi-level tavern in the former city jail serves cocktails, seafood & classic grub.

    136 Dock St, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  5. O’Brien’s Oyster Bar

    OBrien's Oyster Bar

    Laid-back American eatery in an 18th-century building, serving steaks & local fish, with a full bar.

    113 Main St, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA


    Bar website

    steakhouse - $$

  6. Fado Irish Pub

    Fado Irish Pub

    Victorian-style Irish tavern serving pub grub & pints in atmospheric digs with TVs showing sports.

    1 Park Pl #7, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA


    Bar website

    european - $$

  7. Rams Head Tavern

    Rams Head Tavern

    Brick-walled tavern with a wisteria-covered heated patio serving pub fare & regional seafood dishes.

    33 West St, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  8. Heroes

    Heroes beer

    Firehouse-themed pub featuring 40+ draft beers & live music nightly, plus casual seafood & burgers.

    1 Riverview Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  9. Acme Bar & Grill

    Acme Bar and Grill

    The mission is simple: serve delicious, affordable food that guests will want to return to week after week.

    163 Main St, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  10. Stan and Joe’s Saloon

    Stan and Joes Saloon

    Chill sports tavern offers American bar bites, game-day specials & a weekend lineup of local bands.

    37 West St, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  11. Café Normandie Restaurant

    Cafe Normandie Restaurant

    Warm & casual French bistro preparing classics such as crêpes, quiche Lorraine & beef bourguignon.

    185 Main St, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA


    Bar website

    european - cafe

  12. Chick & Ruth’s Delly

    Chick and Ruths Delly

    Lively landmark diner featuring greasy-spoon breakfasts & piled-high sandwiches in kitschy environs.

    165 Main St, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  13. The Federal House

    burger fries

    The menu includes local favorites like their award-winning cream of crab soup, sandwiches, and fresh seafood.

    22 Market Space, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  14. Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs

    Buddys Crabs and Ribs

    Casual, family-owned restaurant featuring a raw bar, seafood classics & all-you-can-eat buffet.

    100 Main St, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  15. Galway Bay Irish Restaurant and Pub

    Galway Bay Irish Restaurant and Pub

    Convivial pub featuring classic Gaelic grub & American standards in warm, brick-walled environs.

    63 Maryland Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA


    Bar website

    european - $$

  16. Pip’s Dock Street Dogs

    Pip’s Dock Street Dogs

    Pip's is a family run business that offers classic Nathan's natural casing all beef hot dogs.

    118 Dock St, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $