President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled to attend the annual Army-Navy football game this Saturday in Baltimore.
Transition officials said Tuesday that Trump would attend the 117th annual game. He will sit on Navy’s side of the field for one half of the game, and on the Army’s side for the remainder.
The game between the two military academies has long drawn a presidential audience and President-elect Trump will be the latest in a long line of Commanders-In-Chiefs who have shown up to watch the rivalry in person.
Just in: Trump to attend Army-Navy game this Saturday and plans to sit half on Army side, half on Navy, per transition official.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) December 6, 2016
Aside from Trump, nine U.S. presidents have also attended the Army-Navy game. Former President George W. Bush attended the game three times, according to ESPN. President Barack Obama attended the game in 2011 alongside Vice President Joe Biden and personally conducted the opening coin flip, but Obama only attended once further neglecting the long-time tradition the other 7 years that he was in office.
In 1901, Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to attend the game, splitting his time between the two sides setting the tradition. Dwight D. Eisenhower was the only president to play in the game, which he did in 1912.
In 1963, the Army-Navy game was held only eight days after the tragic assassination of President John F. Kennedy, who was a Navy hero in World War II. Kennedy had attended the game his first two years in office and had planned to be at the 1963 game where he was set to toss the pre-game coin.
While the Army-Navy game is always one of college football’s biggest attractions, this year’s game will be particularly expensive for those seeking to attend. At the time this article was written, tickets were selling for an average of $450 with only 4 seats left, according to SeatGeek, a secondary market ticket aggregator.
“Because this event is all hard tickets and sellers need to account for shipping time, we are seeing a very limited amount of inventory remaining,” SeatGeek content analyst Chris Leyden told FOX Business.
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The Army Black Knights will wear Nike-designed (NKE) uniforms to commemorate the 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers who served with distinction in World War II. The Navy Midshipmen will wear specially designed “Beat Army” uniforms, created by Under Armour (UA).
The Midshipmen have dominated the games in recent years, winning 14 straight contests, including a 21-17 victory in last year’s game. They also lead the all-time series, with a record of 60-49-7.
This year’s game will be played at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium and marks the first time since 2010 that both Navy (9-3) and Army (6-5) have entered the contest with winning records.
H/T [Gateway Pundit]