West Point, NY. – Immediately after their 31-28 overtime win over Temple, the Army West Point Black Knights officially accepted a bid to play in the 2017 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl as contracted, unless selected for a New Year's Six bowl.
“We are absolutely delighted that Army West Point has accepted an invitation to play in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl,” Executive Director Brant Ringler said. “Coach Jeff Monken has been outstanding since his arrival at West Point, and again reaching the post-season is a tremendous accomplishment. We are thrilled to be able to host the Army West Point football team and the cadets in Fort Worth.”
"To return to the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl is very special for our football program and the U.S. Military Academy," Army West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan said. "The bowl did an exceptional job in 2010 in our win over SMU and we are looking forward to another great experience for our players, coaches and staff in Fort Worth in December. I would like to thank Brant Ringler and the entire ESPN Events team for the bid and we are excited to be making back-to-back bowl appearances for the first time since 1984-1985."
Army will be making its sixth all-time bowl appearance, and second in a row after their victory in the last year’s Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl. It’s the first time the Black Knights have made the post-season in back to back seasons since 1984-1985.
Tickets are available for the game on the bowls website, www.armedforcesbowl.com, and 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 Champions Club located on the West side of the stadium. At $125, these tickets include premium seating, complimentary food and beverages, and access to the inside of the club level.
On the year, Army is 6-2 overall and is now on a four-game winning streak. Dating back to last season, Army is 9-2 in their last 11 games. In Fort Worth they will be looking for their first three-game bowl winning streak in school history.
Army joins Navy (2), Air Force (5), Houston (4), California (2) and Tulsa (2) as teams to play in the Fort Worth bowl game multiple times. The Black Knights defeated SMU 16-14 in the 2010 game.
The annual game, played in honor of the Armed Forces of the United States, is the only collegiate football bowl game that has hosted all three U.S. Military Academy football teams. The U.S. Military Academy (2010), the U.S. Air Force Academy (2007-2009, 2012, 2015) and the U.S. Naval Academy (2013, 2016) have all previously participated in the bowl.
Last year’s game saw the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs defeat the Navy Midshipmen 48-45, on a field goal as time expired in front of a crowd of 40,542.
The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl has featured the “armed forces” theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of the service are prevalent throughout the game. Past Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest adventure areas showcasing armed forces hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military's top skydiving teams; custom homes awarded to wounded warriors; on-field induction ceremonies; armed forces bands and honor guards; and the annual Great American Patriot Award presented by Armed Forces Insurance.
The bowl game also created and operates the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America. For additional information about the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, please visit ArmedForcesBowl.com, Facebook.com/ArmedForcesBowl or Twitter.com/ArmedForcesBowl.
The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl is one of 14 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN.