The Military Classic of the South takes place each year between The Citadel and VMI. The two schools first met in 1920 making it the 13th oldest rivalry in the FCS. Extra bragging rights were added to the rivalry in 1976 when the winner started taking home the Silver Shako. You won’t want to miss VMI try to halt the Bulldogs 10 game winning streak, so make sure to be in attendance for the Military Classic of the South.
The rivalry between VMI and nearby Richmond began in 1893. Early on the Keydets dominated winning 12 of the first 14 matches, but since then the Spiders have exacted their revenge and now lead the all-time series 45-40-5. Come out and watch the Keydets narrow the gap when these two Virginia-based rivals square off.
While the Keydets and Tribe haven’t played since 2011, you won’t want to miss it when the longstanding rivalry between VMI and William & Mary is renewed. The rivalry dates back to 1905, and the two teams have 88 times over the years making it one of the Keydets’ oldest and longest running rivalries.
VMI Keydets Tailgate Guide
You’ll find lots of camaraderie as well as pageantry before the game at VMI making tailgating before a Keydets game a fantastic experience. VMI is a military academy meaning that the fan base is very close knit, and as long as you’re wearing Keydets gear, you’ll fit right in. Even if you aren’t wearing VMI colors, you’ll likely receive a friendly welcome as well due to the fact Keydets fans are some of the friendliest around.
One of the must-see parts of the pregame festivities is the Corp of Cadets Parade. The parade takes place three hours before kickoff and is a memorable part of any VMI game day experience. You won’t want to see the cadets march to the stadium in full uniform before the game as it’s quite the sight to behold.
Tailgating and the pregame festivities at VMI are a big part of the game day experience in Lexington, so arrive early and enjoy everything a Keydets pregame has to offer.
The Corp of Cadets Parade starts three hours before kickoff and is a must-see part of the pregame festivities at VMI. Whether you’re a Keydets fan or not you won’t want to miss this time honored traditions during your visit to Lexington.
Parade GroundIf you want to tailgate before a VMI game, then secure a spot on the Parade Ground. Parade Ground parking cost $20 and is first come first served, so get here early to enjoy a full day of tailgating.
VMI Keydets Stadium Guide
The city of Lexington, Virginia lives and dies with the Keydets, and it shows on game days as cadets, alumni, and local fans fill the stands of Alumni Memorial Stadium. The people here love this team, and even when they aren’t performing well on the field, you’ll still find a good crowd inside the stadium. One thing that helps create a great atmosphere at every game is that the cadets are required to attend games, meaning you’ll also find a packed student section inside Alumni Memorial Stadium.
Another incredible part of any VMI football game is the pageantry and traditions on display. VMI football games feature several traditions including the Marchdown before the game, the firing of the cannon after every score, and Rat pushups. The pageantry is worth the price of admission all on its own, so enjoy every minute of it during your trip to VMI.
Finally, if you’re taking the kids to the game, take advantage of the Kids Zone. The Kids Zone is an excellent way to keep the young ones entertained throughout the game meaning you won’t have to worry about restless kids during the game.
A VMI football game is an excellent experience for any college football fan, so get your tickets to a Keydets game today.
Get to your seat early as you won’t want to miss the Marchdown. The Marchdown takes place 20 minutes before the game when the Corp of Cadets begins marching on the field, so don’t miss it during your trip to VMI.
Oh, Clear the way, VMI is out today,
We’re here to win this game;
Our team will bring us fame,
In Alma Mater’s name.
For though the odds be against us we’ll not care.
You’ll see us fight the same,
Always the same old Spirit,
And we’ll triumph once again;
And though defeat seems certain, it’s the same with VMI.
Our battle cry is Never Never Die.
Chorus: For when our line starts to weaken, our backs fail to gain,
Our ends are so crippled, to win seems in vain;
The Corps roots the loudest, we’ll yet win the day,
The team it will rally and fight — fight — fight! RAY!
We’ll gain through the line and we’ll circle the end,
Old Red White and Yellow will triumph again;
The Keydets will fight ’em and never say die,
That’s the Spirit of VMI.
See the Corps in grey and the team in red,
VMI will be heard from today.
Let “The Spirit” blend with the cheers we send,
In the tribute we proudly pay.
For the glory, the fame and the pride of VMI.
That red, white and yellow will ever be on high
May the men who strive to uphold her name
Lead the Keydet charge to set the field aflame,
Though the foe may be stronger, they’ll hear our battle cry.
The “WAHOOS” and “GOBBLERS” will see the squadron fly,
They will fear it, the spirit, the will to win or die,
For the V…M…I!