For avid Navy football fans, October 2017 will deliver two exciting home games in Annapolis. The Midshipmen always bring history and great tradition to every contest with 1 national championship, 2 Heisman Trophy Winners, 3 head coaches and 19 players in the College Football Hall of Fame, and Bill the Goat as their faithful mascot. Navy Head Coach Ken Niumatalolo is at the helm for his 10th full season in Annapolis, leading the Middies with his old school triple-option offense, a ground game that many college defenses have trouble defending because they rarely get to face it.
Air Force – October 7
This fierce matchup against the Air Force Falcons is one of two huge inter-service rivalry games that Navy plays every year, the other being Army, for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. What will make this game unique is both the Falcons and the Midshipmen use the triple option on offense, so both their defenses should be well prepared. Air Force will be a tough test for Navy because they finished 2016 with a 10-3 record, capping the season with an impressive 45-21 win over South Alabama at the Arizona Bowl.
University of Central Florida – October 21
Led by 2nd year head coach Scott Frost, who won a national championship as the quarterback of the undefeated Nebraska Cornhuskers in 1997, the University of Central Florida Knights plan to improve on their 6-7 record in 2016. Frost was also the offensive coordinator of the high-powered Oregon offense which lost the College Football Playoff National Championship Game to Ohio State after the 2014 season, which saw their starting quarterback Marcus Mariota win the Heisman Trophy. This Knights-Midshipmen matchup promises to be a thrilling shootout.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (NMCMS)
Located near the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, NMCMS is the home field of the Navy Midshipmen football team. Completed in 1959, the stadium is also a Navy and Marine Corps memorial commemorating the fine men and women who have served and will serve these two branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
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Your Inn Near the Stadium
The Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is less than two miles away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your room at our toll free number (877) 330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.