Helicopters flying over South Philadelphia on Friday morning in a practice run were just another reminder that the Army-Navy Game is in town. For a second year in a row, President Donald Trump is slated to attend. Here’s what you need to know, whether you are attending Saturday’s game or not. Game time at Lincoln Financial Field is 3 p.m.
The forecast calls for rain and a high temperature in the mid-50s, so rain gear would be prudent, although forecasters say it is possible the rain will shut off by game time. Note: Umbrellas are not permitted at the Linc. A clear-backpack policy also is in place.
Expect heavy traffic in the stadium area before and after the game.
Information about the timing of Trump’s arrival and departure has not been made public, but motorists should expect I-95 and surrounding roadways to be closed when the motorcade is on the move.
The 1100 block of Darien Street will be closed for police parking and other needs.
SEPTA will supplement regular service on the Broad Street Line for Saturday’s game with 10 Sports Express trains. Sports Express trains make limited stops, at the Fern Rock Transportation Center, Olney Transportation Center, and Erie, Girard, Spring Garden, Race-Vine, City Hall, and Walnut-Locust stations before heading to NRG Station in South Philly.
For the Army-Navy Game, additional trains will run from Fern Rock every 10 minutes from 9:05 to 10:05 a.m. to accommodate fans heading to the sports complex for pre-game activities. Sports Express service will again run at noon, 12:15, and 12:30 p.m. SEPTA also plans to have express and local northbound trains at NRG awaiting attendees heading back toward Center City following the game.
Regular fares will be in effect for Saturday’s game, and SEPTA advises travelers planning on using the subway to obtain SEPTA Key cards to ease travel. More information is available on SEPTA’s website.
How to watch
CBS will have a live television broadcast of Saturday’s Army-Navy Game starting at 3 p.m. An online live stream of the game will also be available for free via the CBS Sports website, and on the CBS Sports app, the network has indicated.
A number of events will take place before the football game starts, both at the Linc and elsewhere, including:
Army-Navy Philly Fun Run: 7:30 a.m., Schuylkill River Park, 300 S. 25th St.
Ticketed Fan Tailgate: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Citizens Bank Park
Lincoln Financial Field gates open: 11 a.m.
Army-Navy Fan Fest: 11 a.m., Head House Plaza, Lincoln Financial Field
The March On of Cadets: 11:55 a.m., Lincoln Financial Field
Stadium Obstacle Relay: 1:15 p.m. Lincoln Financial Field
Around 3 p.m., there will be flyovers by a formation of Navy jets and six Army AH-64 Apache helicopters.
Here’s more to read about the teams, players, and event leading up to Saturday’s match-up: