Sprint Football Set for Exhibition Versus Heroico Colegio Militar
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -The Navy sprint football team will complete its 2016 season by participating in a weekend of goodwill activities centered around an exhibition football game on Friday versus their collegiate counterparts at the Heroico Colegio Militar (HCM). The Mids and their Mexican military academy opponents will face off on the football field on Friday, Dec. 2 at Rip Miller Field on the grounds of the United States Naval Academy. Pregame festivities are set to begin at 4 p.m. with kickoff slated for 4:30 p.m.
This is the second straight year that the two programs have met as in 2015 the Navy sprint football team traveled to Mexico City for a weekend of football action and cultural integration. Prior to last year’s contest, the Navy sprint football team and its 71 years of history had never before competed versus an international team.
“It is an absolute honor for the Navy Sprint Football Team to be selected for the second year to serve as representatives for the United States and NORTHCOM as hosts for the Heroico Colegio Militar (HCM) at the United States Naval Academy,” remarked Navy head coach Major Jeff Polson, USMC. “We look forward to this opportunity to once again battle HCM on the field and to serve as their host for an exciting weekend of activities. Way beyond the gridiron, it is personally important to our entire team to have such an amazing opportunity to host our HCM counterparts at the Academy and to give them a small glimpse of what life is like as a midshipman. We were treated wonderfully last year in Mexico and we look forward to repaying the kind gesture of hospitality this year.
“As we experienced last year, it is clear that this game is much more than two teams from two countries playing football for 60 minutes. The joint planning that has taken place for over two years to make this event happen at the USNA is very much appreciated. This historic venue in Annapolis near our nation’s capital provides a perfect opportunity for leaders of both countries to strengthen relations. The events leading up to the game followed by the activities planned after the game for honored guests, attendees, and both teams serve as a platform for continued relations between both institutions, the United States Embassy, NORTHCOM and our Mexican counterparts. We feel extremely blessed to be part of such a significant event.”
Prior to the game action on Friday, the Midshipmen will welcome the HCM cadets in from Mexico City on Thursday. After getting situated on the Yard, both teams will have a short practice before the cadets will begin shadowing their midshipmen sponsors for a day in the life at the Naval Academy. The cadets will live in Bancroft, eat in King Hall and go to class with their midshipmen counterparts. Following the game on Friday, the two programs will share postgame celebratory dinner. On Saturday, Navy and HCM will take in the AAC Championship Game between Navy’s NCAA football team and Temple, as well as venture into Washington, D.C. to visit cultural landmarks. HCM’s stay in Annapolis will conclude on Sunday.
“This year, the HCM cadets will have a unique opportunity to be immersed in our culture as they will be fully integrated with midshipmen who will be assigned as their sponsors for the weekend,” said Polson. “Beginning on Thursday and ending on Sunday morning, both teams will be living in Bancroft Hall, going to classes together, learning and sharing experiences. Players, trainers, and managers from both teams will room, dine, compete, conduct team building events and participate in various tours together. Additionally, on Saturday both teams will be able to attend the AAC Championship game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium between Navy and Temple. This opportunity for the HCM team to experience the energy of a Division I championship game with the Brigade of Midshipmen and be hosted in one of the best environments on earth for college football is something they will not soon forget.”
Located in Mexico City, Heroico Colegio Militar's mission is to train officers for service in the arms infantry, cavalry, artillery, armor, and as combat engineers in the Mexican Army.
Parking / Shuttle Information
Fans are reminded that the general public does not have access to drive their vehicles on to the U.S. Naval Academy. Fans may park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for $5 and take a shuttle that will run every 10 minutes starting at 3:00 PM and will continue running until 8:00 PM, (approximately one hour after the game is completed). Fans 18-and-over will need a government-issued photo ID. To park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, enter Gate 5 off Taylor Ave.
As Rip Miller Field is located near Gate 1 adjacent to Ricketts Hall, spectators will also have the option of parking downtown and walking on the grounds through that entrance.
Note: Visitors from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and Washington State must produce both their driver’s license AND a second ID card before being admitted.