GAME DAY ACTIVITIES
"There is nothing like being at Michie Stadium on the banks of the Hudson River with the leaves changing during the third weekend in October. The scenery is incredible. And how about the inspiration drawn from being at such a historic landmark? You see the statues of MacArthur, Patton and Eisenhower. Then on game day morning, you have the pleasure of witnessing the Cadet Parade. And how about when the cadets sing 'On Brave Old Army Team?' That is an unbelievable moment."
- Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN.com
"Somewhere in the world of college football, there might be a more beautiful place where young men can pull on their uniform and play an autumn game. But right now, it is impossible to imagine such a thing..."
- John Lopez, Houston Chronicle
Sports Illustrated Top 20 Venues of the 20th Century
1. Yankee Stadium
2. Augusta National
3. MICHIE STADIUM
4. Cameron Indoor Stadium
5. Bislett Stadium
6. Wrigley Field
7. Roland Garros
8. Lambeau Field
9. Fenway Park
10. Saratoga Race Course
6 hours prior to kickoff - Parking Lots Open - Click here for detailed parking information.
4.5 hours prior to kickoff - Shuttle Buses Begin Running - Click here for detailed shuttle information
3 hours prior to kickoff - Cadet Review on "The Plain"
One of the time honored traditions of a West Point game day, a full-dress cadet parade takes place on "The Plain" three hours prior to kickoff (weather permitting) for every home game.
3 hours prior to kickoff - Black Knights Alley Opens
Black Knights is the Fan Fest that runs along Mills Road, between Michie Stadium and Lusk Reservoir. Black Knights Alley features live music, inflatable's for kids, food and beverage, beer tent, face painting, autograph tables with members from various Army teams, a different interactive sport every game, tailgate show, as well as other venders. Black Knights Alley is open until kickoff; however the tailgate tent remains open until the end of the fourth quarter.
3 hours prior to kickoff - Fort Putnam Opens
Open to the public on game days, Fort Putnam is one of the series of forts and redoubts that protected the Great Chain across the Hudson and blocked British Naval ships and supplies from using this water route to Canada (not handicapped accessibledue to the nature of the grounds).
2.5 hours prior to kickoff - Pre-Paid Ticket Will Call Window Opens
The Pre-Paid Ticket Will Call Window is located by Gate 3 of Michie Stadium. This window is for people that have purchased tickets within the 10 days prior to the game, or have made other arrangements in advance.
2 hours prior to kickoff - Michie Stadium Opens
At 10:00 a.m., the gates open along with everything else that Michie Stadium has to offer, including the concessions and merchandise stands.
2 hours prior to kickoff - Army Football Tailgate Show Begins
The Army Football Tailgate Show is the pregame radio broadcast from Black Knights Alley, outside of Michie Stadium. The show is hosted by John Minko, Joe Beckerle and Tony Morino, and can be heard on 1340AM WALL and 1390AM WEOK. The tailgate show features an interactive preview of the day's game, along with interviews of varsity athletes of Army teams, and other notable guests that are in attendance that day.
2 hours prior to kickoff - Day of Game Ticket Windows Open
If you would like to purchase tickets the day of the game, you can come to the ticket window at starting at 10:00 a.m.
20 minutes prior to kickoff - Band Takes Field/Cadet March-On/National Anthem
Right around 20 minutes before kickoff, the area inside of Gate 1 shuts down, as the Cadet Regiment marches on to the field. It takes approximately five minutes to complete. Once the 1,000 Cadets are in position on the field, a member of the Cadet Glee Club and the Army Band perform the National Anthem.
10 minutes prior to kickoff - Parachute Demonstration
A fan favorite portion of the game, look skyward as you see West Point cadets jump from a helicopter and land minutes later on the field as they parachute in the official game ball and flags approximately 10 minutes before kickoff.
2 minutes prior to kickoff - Army Team Takes the Field
The Black Knights are led out of the tunnel by the Army Rabble Rousers, mascots, American flag, and a flag representing that week's unit patch that is being worn on the jerseys.
West Point has so much to offer on an Army Football Game Day. Customize your experience based on your preferences or group. Click on the game day plans below for a guide to maximize your trip to West Point.
An Army Football Game Day has continually been ranked as one of the top game day experiences in the country. Between the extensive history, scenic views and interaction among our country's future leaders, a visit to West Point brings lasting memories for groups of all sizes.
Group experiences include:
West Point Tours
Youth Football Experiences
Please note that the Army Game Day Experiences are based on availability and advance purchase is required. For more information or to book an outing, please contact the Group Sales Office at 845-446-2375 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your outing today!
Scout Days at Army Athletics provide one of the most inspiring, exciting, and unique experiences available. Army Sports Marketing has produced award-winning scout days that not only include exciting Division I athletics, but also expose scouts to the history, tradition and values of West Point in addition to providing opportunities to interact with current West Point cadets. All scout attendees are awarded a scout patch for attending. Email email@example.com today for more information on bringing your scout troop to Michie Stadium.
Scout Days and Prices
Click the link below for all you need to know regarding a Scout Day at West Point.
2014 Football Scout Day Information
For more information or to purchase tickets:
To set up a group for Scout Day, please call 845-446-2375.
To be put on a list to receive Scout Day information, send your name, email address and scout troop information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Camping at Lake Frederick
Camping is available for scouts at West Point's Lake Frederick. For more information, please call 845-938-2503 or click here.
Kickoff your West Point experience with a tailgate! From do-it-yourself to full service catered tailgates, community tailgates and everything in between, there is nothing like a tailgate at West Point.
Click the link below for additional information on Tailgates at West Point.
WEST POINT TOURS
Informative and fun, there is no better way to experience the sweep of America's history than with a walking tour of West Point. Historic figures such as George Washington, Robert E. Lee, U.S. Grant, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight Eisenhower and even Benedict Arnold all have walked these grounds and contributed to West Point's story. Along with the history and stories, you will enjoy the breathtaking vistas of the Hudson Highlands, one of the most scenic spots in the Northeast. For more information on booking your group tour on an Army Game Day, call our group sales office at 845-446-2375 or email email@example.com.
YOUTH FOOTBALL EXPERIENCES
Your youth football team will have the opportunity to play on the same fields that the Army Football team plays and practices on. 60-Minute pregame and post-game youth football experiences are available at Michie Stadium, on Howze Field next to Michie Stadium and in the Foley Athletic Center.
Youth Football Experiences are limited. Due to NCAA regulations, youth football players must be in 8th grade and under. Waiver required to participate. For more information on booking your group, call our group sales office at 845-446-2375 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.