Naval Academy Signs Agreement To Play In The 2016 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl If Bowl Eligible
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk and Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Executive Director Brant Ringler announced today that Navy has agreed to play in the 2016 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, if bowl eligible. Navy had previously announced it would play in the game in 2013, as well.
“We have thousands of alumni, enlisted and prior enlisted sailors and marines who reside within the Dallas-Fort Worth community and this opportunity will allow us to bring our highly-spirited supporters and football family together in one of the most hospitable communities in the country,” said Gladchuk. “We are generally excited and grateful for this invitation.
“Navy has been one of the most consistent football programs in the country over the last nine years and we are thrilled to have them come to Fort Worth twice in a four-year time period,” said Ringler. “Extending our agreement with Navy to include the 2016 bowl game positions the Armed Forces Bowl to have a military academy in our game for four out of five years beginning with Navy in 2013.
Owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl has featured a military theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of the military are prevalent throughout the game. Past Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest areas showcasing military hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military’s top skydiving teams; on-field induction ceremonies; military bands and honor guards; and the awarding of the annual “Great American Patriot Award” (GAPA) presented by Armed Forces Insurance. Previous recipients include Admiral Thad Allen, Admiral Michael G. “Mike” Mullen, Gen. David H. Petraeus, Preston “Pete” Geren and Gordon England.
Navy, who has played in a school-record eight-consecutive bowl games, now has agreements in place for bowl games for the next six years: The 2011 Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman in Washington, D.C.; the 2012 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco; the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas; the 2014 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl; the 2015 Military Bowl and the 2016 Armed Forces Bowl.