For Navy football fans, the long wait since the season-ending heartbreaking loss to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at the Armed Forces Bowl is coming to a close. September 2017 will bring two NCAA Division I opponents to Annapolis. Always bearing great history and tradition to every matchup, the Midshipmen have 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.
Ken Niumatalolo will kick off his 10th full season as Navy Head Coach with an away game on September 1, 2017 against the Lane Kiffin-led Owls of Florida Atlantic University. Niumatalolo is now 77-42 at Navy by having the Middies deploy the triple-option offense, a system seldom seen in modern football. This will be Navy’s third season in the American Athletic Conference.
Tulane University – September 9
Second-year head coach Willie Fritz brings the Green Wave to Annapolis. He had a rough first season, finishing 4–8 overall and 1–7 in the American Athletic Conference to finish in last place in the West Division. Tulane has collected nine conference football championships in four different conferences. Its record of three Southeastern Conference titles surpasses several current SEC programs: Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt.
University of Cincinnati – September 23
After finishing 4-8 in 2016, the Bearcats hired first year head coach Luke Fickell. His first recruiting class is considered No. 1 in the American Athletic Conference by both Scout and Rivals. During the last 10 years, Cincinnati has excelled with a record of 86–43, notching 8 bowl games, 5 conference titles, 2 BCS Bowl invitations, and 22 NFL Draft picks.
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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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.