In Game

Michie Stadium has received many plaudits for being one of the most beautiful stadiums in all of college football. The stadium has been ranked among the top ten of many lists ranking the best stadiums in the country including those of Sports Illustrated and ESPN football analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. The stadium’s view overlooking the Hudson River along with the historic Army campus provides one of the best views in college football. The beauty of the stadium and Army’s incredible home record of 326-156-7 make Michie Stadium one of the most historic stadiums in college football.

The 12th Man at Army is made up of cadets whose loud and passionate cheers make Michie Stadium a difficult place for opponents to play. In addition to being supremely loud, the cadets also provide great support for the team by standing throughout the game. The 12th man is so ingrained in the Army game day that the leader of the Army pep band paints his face with the number 12. The cadets provide a great 12th man that rivals that of many larger schools.

Things to check out

Kenna Hall of Army Sports

The Kenna Hall of Army Sports recognizes Army players, coaches, and administrators who have made great contributions to the athletics department over the years. The induction to the Hall coincides with an Army football game, so if you want to be here for the extra special weekend make sure to come during the induction.

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Marshall Plaque

Before every game Army players will touch the Marshall Plaque as they take the field. Engraved on the plaque is General George C. Marshall’s famous quote “I want an officer for a secret and dangerous mission. I want a West Point Football player!” One unique thing about this tradition is that it takes place not only at home but also on the road.

Parachute Demonstration

The game ball at West Point is delivered by a cadet who jumps out of a helicopter and lands on the field before kickoff. The unique deliver a game of the game ball is a must-see for college football fans everywhere, so arrive early and take it in.

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Divisional Emblems

The Army football uniforms are adorned with the Divisional Patch of one of the ten Army Divisions, which rotates every game. This tradition is a great way to pay tribute to the men and women serving in the US Army around the world. Along with this tradition, the commanding general of the Division being honored writes a letter to the football team before the game.

Touchdown Celebrations

The cadets stand throughout the game only taking a break during halftime or to do celebratory pushups when the team scores. After every Army touchdown, a cannon is fired, and the cheer team and cadets drop down and do pushups, one for every point scored. Mascots at a lot of schools do pushups when their team scores, however, Army is one of the few places where the fans get in on the tradition

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Singing of Alma Maters

Following the game the Black Knights and the opposition get together on the field and sing each other's alma maters. The winning team sings second, which has led to the Army football slogan “sing second.”

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Fight Songs

  1. On, Brave Old Army Team

    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!

    Chorus:
    On, brave old Army team!
    On to the fray. Fight on to victory For that’s the fearless Army way.  

    (Whistle chorus) 

    (Repeat chorus)

  2. 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,
    thru’ all the years. Let Duty be well performed,
    Honor be e’er untarn’d,
    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 still 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!

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