Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl extends invitation to Navy
At halftime of today’s Navy/Tulsa football game, Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Executive Director Brant Ringler officially extended an invitation to the U.S. Naval Academy to play in the 2016 bowl game.
Navy is still in contention for the Group of Five bid to a New Year’s Six Bowl and should they be selected, it would preempt the contractual agreement with Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.
“We are absolutely delighted to officially offer the Naval Academy an invitation to play in the 2016 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl,” Ringler said. “Coach Ken Niumatalolo and Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk are tremendous individuals who run a first-class program. We are thrilled to be able to host the Navy football team and the legions of midshipmen in Fort Worth once again.”
Navy will be making its 13th bowl appearance in the last 14 years. It would be the Midshipmen’s second trip to participate in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl in the past four years.
On the year, Navy is 6-2 overall and is tied for first place in the American Athletic Conference West Division with a 4-1 mark. The Mids are currently receiving votes in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll.
The team’s signature win was a 46-40 upset over then-No. 6 Houston on Oct. 8. Navy became bowl eligible Saturday by defeating rival Notre Dame, 28-27, for just the fourth time since 1963.
Navy would join Air Force (5), Houston (4), California (2) and Tulsa (2) as teams to play in the Fort Worth bowl game multiple times. The Midshipmen defeated Middle Tennessee 24-6 in the 2013 edition.
The 14th Annual Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will be played at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth on Friday, Dec. 23 at 3:30 p.m. (CT), pitting the Midshipmen against a team from the Big 12 Conference. The Big 12 currently has seven teams with better than .500 records. Four are bowl eligible, while three are one win away.
Tickets to the game range from $30 for general admission seating to $75 for lower bowl reserved seats. A limited number of seats are also available in the exclusive Bud Light Platinum Club, located on the west side of Amon G. Carter Stadium. At $125, these tickets include premium seating, complimentary food and beverages, and access to the inside of the club level.
For the second year, the general public can help assist in thanking armed forces members and their families by sponsoring tickets for military members to attend the game through the “Host a Hero” program. Fans can choose to purchase “additional” tickets for $15 that will then be distributed to past and present service members and their families. These generous ticket sponsors will be recognized during the game on December 23.
For more information on the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, visit www.ArmedForcesBowl.com.