Army-Navy Game to be held at MetLife Stadium Saturday; NJ first hosted the game in 1905

One of the greatest college football rivalries returns to New Jersey on Saturday.
The Army vs. Navy game ball was delivered to MetLife Stadium on Friday from West Point. The Army marathon team ran it down to New Jersey from New York.
The game returns to New Jersey to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
“It’s an opportunity for our nation to come together supporting our Army-Navy rivalry, especially this year is unique because of the 20th year of 9/11. So we got to do this new route. We got to see 15 memorials along the way. It’s very special to memorialize all those lives we lost at 9/11,” says West Point Cadet Emily Dinallo.
The rivalry of the United States Military Academy versus the United States Naval Academy has a storied history in the Garden State.
This will be the 122nd time the Army and Navy have faced off for the annual game. The football field looked a bit different in 1905 – the first time the two teams met in New Jersey.
Then-Princeton University president Woodrow Wilson convinced West Point and Annapolis officials to hold the game at Osborne Field.
But the university was not equipped to handle the crowd. The game was delayed by a massive traffic jam. Both teams were late.
And with President Theodore Roosevelt in attendance, the game was called on account of darkness. There were less than five minutes left in the game. They tied 6-6.
The game wouldn’t return to New Jersey for another 84 years. There were four more times at Giants Stadium. And now a new chapter at MetLife.
Saturday’s game starts at 3 p.m. And when the teams take the field, they will be in new uniforms.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Staff Mark Milley and Gov. Phil Murphy will be in attendance.