PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Army-Navy game is being played in Baltimore, on Saturday. It will be back in Philadelphia, next year. But after that, the game’s location is still unknown.
Cities have until next month to submit bids to host the game for 2018 through 2022.
With an estimated 35-million dollars in economic impact and that priceless national exposure, PHL Sports director Larry Needle said the game is good for Philadelphia, but Philadelphia is also good for the game.
“We have a special relationship with the Army-Navy game,” he said.
Needle noted the history of Philadelphia and the beloved rivalry game. Out of 116 games, 86 of them have been played in Philadelphia, that’s 74 percent of the time. He also noted the neutral zone between the academies.
“And just the way the city embraces it, the fans have such a special experience in Philadelphia. They have their favorite restaurants, they have their favorite hotels, they’ve been doing this for years, it’s been passed down through the generation.”
Needle expects a decision in the spring.