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Military Bowl To Move From RFK To Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

The Military Bowl “will be moving from RFK Stadium to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium beginning this year,” according to Bill Wagner of the Annapolis CAPITAL. The DC Bowl Committee and Events DC have “reached an agreement with Naval Academy athletic officials to play the sixth annual game in Annapolis.” The main reason behind the venue change “involves further aligning the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman with the stated mission of supporting the nation’s military and raising awareness for organizations that support the military.” Northrop Grumman, which is the “largest private employer in Anne Arundel County, is also a major sponsor of Naval Academy athletics.” A “Military Village” in the parking lot of the stadium “will help promote and raise awareness for the nation’s armed forces.” The game is scheduled for Dec. 27, with teams from the ACC and Conference USA (Annapolis CAPITAL, 5/21). In DC, Gene Wang wrote it is “unclear if the Military Bowl will be played at Navy’s home field beyond this year.” All bowl contracts, with the “exception of the national championship game, are up for renewal” in ’14. Meanwhile, Navy AD Chet Gladchuk “indicated a percentage of the revenue generated from the Military Bowl -- including stadium rental -- would go to the school’s sustainment fund.” Money from the fund is used for maintenance of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (WASHINGTON POST, 5/21). DC Bowl Committee President & Exec Dir Steve Beck said that the Military Bowl “could get a boost from the stadium’s Navy ties.” Beck: “Navy has a season ticket base that we hope will generate some activity from their season ticket and booster mailing list” (AP, 5/20).
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