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.