The announcement by Patriots owner Robert Kraft that Gillette Stadium will host the 2023 edition of the Army-Navy game is historic. Never in the history of the Rivalry has New England had such a coveted opportunity. But this bid has not come easy.
As New England shifts attention to the preparation phase for these momentous games, the role played by Robert Kraft and the legendary head coach for the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick, is worth noting.
The successful bid to host the next edition of the Army versus nervy wouldn’t have come at a better time for the New England Patriots. After seven years of pitching and hoping, the Kraft group and the elected leaders in Massachusetts finally have the bragging rights.
It has been a concerted campaign with various stakeholders coming together to formulate a game plan for the games. However, winning the bid is just the first step, and the logistical dynamics will be the next phase in ensuring seamless management of the games.
In a shift rejoinder to concerns raised on how to move the battalions to the venue, the planning committee led by Robert Kraft exuded confidence in the seamless preparation process for the New England leg of the circuit. The plan includes comprehensive management of the transport for cadets and midshipmen to the go games and back to their respective stations.
Massachusetts will become the first city of five to host the army and navy games in a five-year cycle for the “America’s Game.” Robert Kraft was ecstatic about the announcement revealing that it was the first time the game would be held outside of Philadelphia, Biltmore, Washington, New Jersey, or East Rutherford.
Despite the games coming to the Gillette Stadium for the first time, the Bay Staters have always been fans of the Rivalry since its inception. Historically, cadets and midshipmen have participated in the annual event since 1890. Over this period, the Army and the Navy have faced off 116 times. Of these instances, the Navy has won 60 times, with the Army winning 49 face-offs. There have been seven deadlocks during the history of the Rivalry.
The Gillette Stadium is a magnificent arena with a 65,878-sitting capacity. The home of the patriots will be a beehive of activities come 2023, as fans and players throng the venue for friendly fire. Popularly known as the “Patriot Place,” the Gillette Stadium is a massive complex epitome of World-Class hospitality.
Fitted with shopping, restaurants, and entertainment facilities, the arena will come alive next year as both Army and Navy teams converge for the ultimate challenge. Hosting the games in New England region will be a significant plus for the more than 640,000 military veterans in the area.
According to Robert Kraft, the organizing team is eager to make the event remarkable. The organizing committee has had a liaison team with the Army and Navy teams to harmonize the preparation process. Kraft couldn’t hide his thrill as he made the grand announcement about the upcoming games.
The 124th edition of the Army-Navy game will be held in conjunction with the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. In Robert Kraft’s words, the 124th edition of the Army-Naval games will reaffirm the rich history of a sports rivalry symbolic of America’s Game.
Several cities across the United States have expressed their bid to host these momentous games. As such, it’s a great honor for Massachusetts to be hosting the Rivalry for the first time. Over the next few months, the attention will now shift to preparing the Gillette stadium in a way that suits the standards of a World-Class sports meet.