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From the Desk of Navy AD Chet Gladchuk: Latest Information of the Navy vs. Notre Dame Game

16 Jun 2020 13:30 | Robert Aeschbach (Administrator)
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This press release spells out the decision as it pertains to our previously scheduled contest in Dublin against Notre Dame on August 29th of this year (click here to read press release).  The NAAA , along with Anthony Travel and other partners, are working to refund those who bought tickets and made travel reservations.  I expect that information has been effectively disseminated and all refunds are being currently addressed.

The purpose of this note is to provide you with some information as it pertains to the Navy/Notre Dame game, now scheduled for Annapolis.  Although there are still many uncertainties which include actual game date (it will be Labor Day Weekend), kick off, and size of the crowd, we do know that we will play the contest for the first time in history in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium here in Annapolis.  Obviously, some of the conditions under which the game will be conducted have yet to be determined by state, local, and governmental agencies.  We will release definitive information as it becomes available.  I expect that all game related details will be finalized at the latest by the middle of July.  This reason, of course, revolves exclusively around the effects of COVID-19 and the parameters dictated to us affecting related decisions.

With the game being played in our historic stadium, we expect a requirement to restrict the size of the crowd to a lesser percentage of what the stadium would normally accommodate.  Regulating the crowd with the appropriate safety and social distancing guidelines will mean that many will not be able to attend due to the limited ticket distribution.  For those who will not secure a ticket(s), the game will be nationally televised and available in a prime time slot to be determined by ABC/ESPN.

I would like to share some expectations regarding specifics that are known to date. 

a.  I expect this will be the only time we will play Notre Dame football in Annapolis.  Therefore, the game is of historic significance and most likely a once in a lifetime opportunity for those who will be in attendance.

b.  The cost for limited tickets available to our fans will be at a premium.  Losing the Dublin event is of significant financial detriment to the NAAA and consequently affects our ability to support all 33 varsity sports at the championship level.  Therefore, with an expected socially distanced environment and "capped" attendance, the cost of this ticket will be an exception to the norm.  Obviously, there will be many who choose not to attend for personal health considerations, cost of attendance, travel challenges, etc., but be reminded the contest will be nationally televised.

c.  Priority access to tickets and distribution will be based on availability and first to those who are Margin of Excellence contributors in support of The Fund for Athletic Excellence in any of our 33 varsity intercollegiate programs, and our physical mission capital projects.  In addition, I anticipate the opportunity to purchase tickets will also be available to those who are members of our Blue & Gold who are football season ticket holders and then Blue & Gold at large.  We are establishing a priority list now, and once we know what our attendance limitations are, we will be sharing specific information with those who qualify for the first opportunity to purchase.

Do not hesitate to contact the Ticket Office today at tickets@usna.edu and let us know the desired amount of tickets you would like to request for the game.  We will note your request and get back to you with definitive game related information when available.  There will be no penalty to cancel your reservation right up until kick off. 

d.  Tailgating will be governed by state regulations as they pertain to social distancing guidelines and the appropriate size of gatherings in effect on the first of September.

e.  Those who have suites will be allowed to utilize their suite, but limitations on group size may also be regulated (TBD).

f.  We will have special accommodations in Akerson Tower for those who qualify for that facility.  Supplemental seating to allow for social distancing will extend into the stadium adjacent to the Tower.

g.  Parking at the stadium for the game will be accommodated only for those who are ticket holders specifically for this single game.

h.  This contest is not included in the 2020 season ticket package.  It is a stand alone event and will be made available only as a single game.

Finally, this opportunity today is being extended exclusively to our closest friends of Navy Athletics.  Loyal contributors in support of the NAAA will have first opportunity to purchase tickets.  Although we realize the expense for this ticket will be significant, the proceeds will be used to sustain our broad-based championship programs.  Our financial challenges due to COVID-19 have never been greater, but this is an opportunity for us to maintain consistent support for our midshipmen and continue to allow them to successfully compete as representatives of the Brigade, alumni, Naval Academy, and our community.

Do not hesitate to contact our Ticket Office today at tickets@usna.edu with any questions you may have.

Be Healthy, stay safe.

Chet Gladchuk

Athletic Director, NAAA 

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