Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

United States of America
550 Taylor Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401, United States
Navy Midshipmen
September 26, 1959
Navy Midshipmen football
I$3 Million
Our Reminder on Things to Do for the Best Experience
  1. Buy Tickets in Advance: Secure your tickets well in advance to get the best seats and avoid last-minute hassles. Check for additional Parking Passes. Check security requirements possibly no bags, or clear bags only?
  2. Arrive Early: Give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the stadium before the game starts. This will allow you to find parking, navigate the stadium, and soak in the pre-game atmosphere.
  3. Check the Schedule: Know the game schedule, as well as any pre-game events, tailgating parties, or fan experiences that might be happening on that day.
  4. Parking: Research parking options in advance, and consider using rideshare services or public transportation to avoid parking headaches.
  5. Dress Comfortably: Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, as you might be walking around a lot.
  6. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  7. Bring ID and Tickets: Make sure to have your ID and tickets ready for security checks and entry into the stadium.
  8. Explore the Stadium: Take some time to explore the stadium, including its various levels and amenities.
  9. Try Local Food: Check out the food and beverage options within the stadium. Many stadiums offer local cuisine and unique food items.
  10. Capture Memories: Take photos to capture the memories. The stadium's design and the energetic crowd make for great photo opportunities.
  11. Respect Fan Etiquette: Respect the fans around you, regardless of which team they're supporting. Engaging in good sportsmanship enhances the overall experience.
  12. Follow Security Guidelines: Be aware of the stadium's security guidelines and cooperate with security personnel for a smooth entry process.
  13. Plan for Post-Game Traffic: Consider that traffic leaving the stadium can be heavy after the game ends. Have a plan for transportation after the event.
  14. Visit the Team Store: Check out the team store for merchandise and souvenirs to commemorate your visit.
  15. Download Apps: If the stadium has an official app, download it for real-time updates, interactive experiences, and information about the event.
  16. Respect Local Laws: Familiarize yourself with local laws and regulations to ensure a trouble-free experience.
  17. Weather Preparedness: Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly if the game is outdoors or has an outdoor component.
  18. Check for COVID-19 Guidelines: Stay updated on any COVID-19 related protocols or guidelines.
  19. Enjoy the Atmosphere: Immerse yourself in the excitement of being at a live game, cheer with fellow fans, and create lasting memories.

The United States Naval Academy has called Memorial Stadium their home for over six decades. Towards the mid 1950s a new stadium for Navy was needed to replace the aging Thompson Stadium that had been the home to the Midshipmen since 1912. The Navy was able to raise enough money through private contributions to have a new stadium built. Construction on the $3 million facility began in early 1959. The stadium is dedicated to those who have served as upholders of the traditions and renown of the Navy and Marine Corps.

Memorial Stadium was completed in time for Navy’s game against William and Mary on September 26, 1959. It has a seating capacity of 35,000 and has changed very little over the past 50 years. In 1992, the Admiral Thomas J. Hamilton Locker Room, was completed providing new locker rooms for both Navy and its visitors. The lower grandstand forms a horseshoe around the playing field, while upper decks are located on both sides of the gridiron. After the 2004 season, the press box was expanded, club and private suites were added, and the restrooms and concession areas were updated. Prior to the start of the 2005 season, the grass playing field was replaced with Fieldturf. The latest addition to the stadium was added prior to the 2016 season. A new $2.5 million videoboard was added to the south end zone. It is identical to its counterpart in the north end zone.