Armed Forces Bowl announces agreement with United States Military Academy

Black Knights lock in bowl destination in 2014 and 2017

FORT WORTH, TEXAS, September 8, 2011 – The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl and the Army Athletic Association have reached an agreement that guarantees the Black Knights a spot in the postseason game in 2014 and 2017 if the team is bowl eligible.

Army claimed the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl with a 16-14 victory over SMU at Gerald Ford Stadium in Dallas. A return trip to the event would be played at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. The site of the game since its inception in 2003, the home field of the TCU Horned Frogs is undergoing a massive renovation that prevented the 2010 bowl game from utilizing the facility. This year’s game will also be played at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

“Signing Army for the 2014 and 2017 Armed Forces Bowl is truly a credit to the great people within the Black Knights’ athletic department,” said bowl executive director, Brant Ringler. “We are truly honored to have these men, that will one day protect our country’s freedoms, play in our bowl game. We know that the 2010 Armed Forces Bowl trophy sits proudly on display at the Academy, and we are ecstatic Army has the chance to come back and earn another.”

Including last season’s bowl victory, the Black Knights have played 19 football games in the state of Texas. Army is 8-11 in games played in the “Lone Star” State and sports a 4-3 record in the metroplex, featuring two wins against North Texas, two victories at SMU and three setbacks to TCU at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The Black Knights last played at Amon G. Carter Stadium when they battled TCU on Oct. 15, 2005.

“The chance to return to the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is a tremendous opportunity for West Point and the Army football program,” Army director of athletics Boo Corrigan said. “Brant Ringler and his staff do an excellent job of providing a great experience for the participating teams and their fans. The values and ideals that the Armed Forces Bowl celebrates are a perfect match for our program, and we always relish the opportunity to celebrate our nation’s servicemen and servicewomen.”