July 20, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. - -
Army will be one of only nine teams in the nation to be outfitted with uniquely designed, highly advanced Nike uniforms for at least one game during the 2011 season. The Black Knights will wear the specially-made uniforms during the 112th edition of the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA on Dec. 10 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.
The fully integrated uniform system, which the University of Oregon debuted during the 2010 BCS National Championship Game, incorporates the latest in performance innovation and design from the world's most renowned athletic outfitter. The redesigned base layer facilitates the uniform's overall innovation, delivering the ultimate in breathable protection for maximum speed. Strategically placed seams, pads and cooling zones also help minimize distraction and optimize protection.
"It is entirely appropriate that Nike introduce the leading edge in technology while at the same time embracing the traditions surrounding this iconic contest," Army head coach Rich Ellerson said. "When speaking of rivalries in college football, you must put the Army-Navy game in a category all by itself. It is what all other rivalries should aspire to. It is fiercely contest, but the mutual respect the players, coaches and fans display creates a moment all Americans can reflect on with pride."
The teams selected to sport the 2011 Nike Pro Combat System of Dress uniforms include Army, Boise State University, University of Georgia, Louisiana State University, Michigan State University, Navy, The Ohio State University, University of Oregon, and Stanford University.
While each school's uniform delivers the same superior lightweight performance and protection, each will tell a different story through its creative rendering. Nike worked closely with each university to bring relevant elements of the school's rich heritage into a distinguished, modern uniform design. The uniforms capture each team's character in striking detail.
"Nike takes pride in empowering our partner schools with the ability to take every advantage over the competition by providing them with a system of dress that delivers unparalleled on-field performance benefits," said Loren Hoppes, Nike's business director for football operations. "As a leader in this category, it is a privilege to work with the coaches and student-athletes to develop a look that's truly distinctive to the university and the team itself."
The integrated uniform system provides enhanced durability and innovation from the inside out. Robust padding without the bulk offers the pinnacle in protection, specifically throughout the crucial "hit zone"--between the knees and shoulders. Nike Pro Combat Deflex padding has also been integrated in the hip and knee areas of the pant for crucial impact protection that stays in place. The base layer now features customizable protection, incorporating a thin, incredibly strong carbon fiber plate that comes in two different sizes and can be placed where needed.
The uniform system design also emphasizes thermoregulation by featuring Nike Pro Combat Deflex padding with two-way airflow to cool the body and wick away sweat - making the uniform, and player, lighter and dryer. The jerseys are made of four-way stretch woven twill that sheds moisture. A Flywire collar eliminates two layers of fabric for improved breathability, providing a more stable anchor to keep the jersey in place.
The uniforms hit the field on opening day of the 2011 NCAA football season and will be used throughout the year during some of fiercest rivalries in college football. In addition to the Army-Navy Game, dates include Oregon vs. LSU at Cowboys Stadium (Sept. 3), Boise State vs. Georgia at the Georgia Dome (Sept. 3), Michigan State vs. Michigan (Oct. 15) and LSU vs. Auburn (Nov. 15) .
The Black Knights begin their 122nd season on Sept. 3 at Northern Illinois. Army makes it 2011 home debut the following week when it hosts San Diego State.
Single-game and season tickets for the 2011 season are now on sale. Fans can secure their seats on-line , call the Army Athletics Ticket Office at 1-877-TIX-ARMY or in-person by visiting the Army Box Office located in the lobby of the Holleder Center.
2011 season ticket packages start at just $79 for the "Coach E's Army" section located in the southwest corner of Michie Stadium. A sideline season ticket is priced at $128. Packages for the 2011 season include Army's four games at Michie Stadium. In addition, season-ticket holders will have priority to purchase seats for the Black Knights' game versus Rutgers. The ticket price for individual seats for the San Diego State, Northwestern and Fordham games is $32. The Tulane game, this year's homecoming contest, is priced at $38.
Fans wishing to arrange group outings to West Point during the 2011 season can also make their ticket purchases. Groups of 20-or-more will receive substantial discounts off the regular individual game ticket prices. For the San Diego State, Northwestern and Fordham games, groups can purchase tickets for just $21 per seat. For the Homecoming matchup versus Tulane on Oct. 1, group tickets are $30 per seat.
In addition to purchasing tickets, groups wishing to organize a tailgate at West Point can contact Janine Roszkowski in the Directorate for Cadet Activities at (845) 938-7732 or Janine.email@example.com.
When purchasing tickets, fans should also be aware of the adjustment to Army A Club giving levels for the 2011 football season. These updated tiers include new Michie Stadium parking guidelines designed to enhance parking efficiency and improve the game day experience for all fans attending games at West Point.