I think that I mentioned in the post about Army that there is a real sense of genuine Patriotism that comes with visiting a Service Academy field, and Navy's was no different. Though we didn't get the red carpet treatment in Annapolis we received at West Point, the sense of awe was augmented by the labeled seats that rest in front along the 50 yard line. Anyone who has served in the Navy or Marine Corps can have a seat dedicated in their name for $300. There were some names of great Americans up in the very front that put a perspective on the dedication required to be an athlete and cadet. One thing about Navy, though. They have a "rivalry" with Notre Dame that has to be the most lopsided rivalry in College Football. The Midshipmen are 9-70-1 against the Fighting Irish, and have lost 43 straight. I'd call it a day on that rivalry, but what do I know about having a rivalry with a team that has, at least in the past, had your number?
First Game: v. William and Mary, 1959
Surface: Field Turf
Google Map of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium