Government Shutdown Won't Stop Service Academy Football

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The Air Force-Navy and Army-Boston College football games will be played Saturday after receiving the approval of the Department of Defense.

The DOD suspended sports competition at the service academies on Tuesday due to a partial government shutdown stemming from the budget impasse in Congress. But funding for the game on Navy's home field is provided by non-government funding. All other varsity and club sports are suspended.

Saturday's game is a sellout and Navy Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk said the cancellation of the game would have cost the academy roughly $4 million.

Air Force, Navy and Army compete each year for the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, awarded to the team with the best record in games involving the three service academies.

"I'm pleased to announce we will host the US Military Academy this Saturday," said BC Director of Athletics Brad Bates. "I'm thrilled our students and those from the service academies will get to play their games this weekend. Thank you fans for your patience and understanding the past couple of days. Also, thanks to Army AD Boo Corrigan, who has been terrific through this process."


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