The Army-Navy football game will be returning to Philadelphia and Lincoln Financial Field five of the next eight years, beginning this year, as announced today by the Philadelphia Sports Congress and the two service academies after a nine-month bid process.
The 110th contest will return this December after being played at Lincoln Financial Field last December, a 34-0 Midshipmen victory.
Philadelphia has hosted the rivalry game, one of the oldest and most storied in college sports, a total of 81 times and 67 out of the last 77 times the game has been played. Starting next season, the game will be played on the second Saturday of December rather than the traditional first Saturday.
Philadelphia was awarded the event for 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017 (the 2009 Game is also being played in Philadelphia). The game will move to Washington D.C. at FedEx Field in 2011 and to Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium in 2014 and 2016.
"We are thrilled to know that this American Classic will remain a Philadelphia fixture for years to come," Gov. Ed Rendell said in a statement. "This game is part of the very fabric of Philadelphia, and we were determined to make sure that it stayed right here where it belongs."
Each contest will generate an estimated $35 million, for a total of $175 million over the five games, and a total of 50,000 visitors to the city.
"This is a huge win for the City of Philadelphia," Eagles president Joe Banner said in a statement. "It was truly rewarding to watch so many local entities come together in partnership to continue what has become an important tradition here in Philadelphia. We are proud to host the event at Lincoln Financial Field and will continue to uphold a superior level of service that all Philadelphians can be proud of."
Last October CBS reached an agreement to continue broadcasting the contest through 2018.