Air Force will play at Navy on Sept. 11 in 2021

Posted at 8:03 PM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-24 00:48:10-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — Air Force Director of Athletics Nathan Pine and Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced today that next year’s Air Force at Navy football game will be moved from Oct. 2 to Sept. 11 in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“This is an appropriate move for our country to have our Service Academies play on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 in celebration of our armed forces,” said Pine. “The game will be a fitting way to showcase the amazing future leaders of character from both academies on national television on this solemn anniversary. I would like to thank everyone involved for their cooperation and willingness to help make this a reality”

“We will use this nationally televised opportunity to reflect on the meaning of our freedom and the competitive spirit of our nation,” said Gladchuk. “Two Service Academies coming together to display our strength of unity and our determination to forever persevere.

It will be just the third time the two schools have played in September and the earliest the two schools have ever met. CBS Sports will broadcast the game nationally on the CBS Television Network with a kickoff time to be announced at a later date.