The Army-Navy football game might be coming to Fenway Park in 2018.
Fenway Sports Management submitted a formal bid to host the game, which will be the 119th meeting in the series.
Navy athletics director Chet Gladchuk told the Baltimore Sun that the New York Yankees also submitted a bid to host the game at Yankee Stadium. The Sun also reported that the homes of the NFL’s Giants/Jets, Patriots, Ravens, and Redskins “are also in the mix” to host Army-Navy in the next set of games when a new contract is awarded.
At a media event prior to the most recent meeting of the teams in December, Army athletics director Boo Corrigan said a request for proposals had been issued last spring.
Gladchuk speculated in December that a decision could be made in May. A major factor for prospective hosts is they must agree to transport Navy’s Brigade of Midshipmen and Army’s Corps of Cadets to the game.
“In January or so we’ll figure out who are the pretenders and who are the contenders. There will be some cities that truly submit something that is significant and others that are simply going through the motions,” Gladchuk told The Capital Gazette in December. “That is when everyone has to lay their cards on the table. We’ll take a look at the bids, then take some site visits. We’ll go look at some cities and see exactly what they have to offer.”
Fenway Park will host three college football games in 2017: Brown vs. Dartmouth, UMass vs. Maine, and Boston College vs. UConn. Fenway hosted the BC-Notre Dame game in 2015, a 19-16 victory for the Irish, and has also been the site of the NHL’s Winter Classic, many concerts, and a Big Air skiing and snowboarding event.
The 2017 Army-Navy game will be at Lincoln Field in Philadelphia, the final game under the current eight-year contract for the annual matchup.
Last season, Army defeated Navy, 21-17, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore to snap a 14-game losing streak in the series, which debuted Nov. 29, 1890.