Philadelphia will remain home to the Army-Navy Game.
The city was awarded the game in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field. The 2009 game is also scheduled for the Linc.
The announcement made today comes at the end of a 9-month bidding process.
Philadelphia has hosted 81 of the 109 games played in the rivalry since it began in 1890, including 67 of the last 77 games played.
"The entire operation that revolves around the Army-Navy Game in Philadelphia is nothing short of first rate," said Naval Academy athletic director Chet Gladchuk. "Throughout the bid process, the Philadelphia community proved once again why they have earned the distinction as the 'Home of the Army-Navy Game'. Everyone at Navy is genuinely appreciative of the great effort and proven results that has become the benchmark for this prestigious event in Philadelphia."
Said Army athletic director Kevin Anderson: "We couldn't be more pleased that six of the next nine Army-Navy Games will be held in Philadelphia, a place that feels like home for our fans, graduates and the Corps of Cadets. Throughout the selection process, the city's leadership stepped forward and affirmed its affinity for the event. The Army-Navy Game is synonymous with Philadelphia, and we're excited to continue that legacy with today's announcement."
In August 2008, the service academies distributed a formal proposal request to cities around the nation to bid on future games. Official bids were submitted in the fall, with finalist cities hosting site visits in early 2009. Negotiations have been ongoing since.
"This bid was a collaboration between all of our great partners from the city, state, Eagles and our Host Committee," said Larry Needle, executive director, Philadelphia Sports Congress. "Army-Navy is truly Philadelphia's 'Bowl Game', and will remain that way for years to come." *