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Pandemic forces changes to annual Army-Navy football game

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Posted at 6:15 AM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 06:46:55-05

NORFOLK, Va. - One of the greatest rivalries in in college sports will continue this weekend with the annual Army-Navy football game, but the pandemic has forced some changes.

The 121st playing of the game between the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy would typically take-place in the traditional neutral setting of Philadelphia, at Lincoln Financial Field.

However, limits on the size of the crowd would have meant that all midshipmen and cadets would not have been able to attend.

As a result, the game will instead be played at Michie Stadium, the Army's home field in West Point, New York. Even when the game is played at a neutral site, the academies rotate as designated host team and this year was Army's turn, hence the decision to play at West Point.

While the Corps of Cadets and Brigade of Midshipmen will attend the game, there will be no fans at the stadium.

The 2020 game will mark the first time the match-up has taken place at a home field since World War II.

Navy currently leads in the series, with 61 wins to Army's 52.

President Donald Trump is expected to attend Saturday's game.

You can watch the 121st Army-Navy game Saturday at 3 p.m. on WTKR News 3.