Naval Academy athletic director Chet Gladchuk confirmed Wednesday that the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees have both submitted formal bids to host the Army-Navy football game.
Gladchuk said the two Major League Baseball organizations responded to the Request for Proposal that was jointly issued by Army West Point and the Naval Academy. Those bids call for the fabled rivalry to be played at Fenway Park in Boston and Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
Those are among several bids that have been submitted. Gladchuk said it's far too early to speculate on which cities and facilities will ultimately be chosen. Philadelphia is hosting the 2017 Army-Navy game, which brings an end to the current contract.
Philadelphia, which will have hosted 88 of the 118 Army-Navy football games, figures to get several years during the upcoming cycle. The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority has submitted a bid to host the game at The Meadowlands, while Baltimore (Baltimore Ravens, M&T Bank Stadium), Foxborough (New England Patriots, Gillette Stadium) and the District of Columbia (Washington Redskins) are also in the mix, Gladchuk said.
Gladchuk said he and Army West Point athletic director Eugene "Boo" Corrigan will begin taking site visits to determine the viability of all potential bidders. Host entities must transport the Brigade of Midshipmen and Corps of Cadets to the game, a requirement that has prevented many interested cities from outside the northeast corridor of the East Coast from submitting a bid.
Baltimore, Washington and East Rutherford, N.J., are the only locales to pry the game away from Philadelphia since Gladchuk arrived at the Naval Academy in 2001. An announcement about contracts for the next cycle of the Army-Navy game is likely to come in May, 2017.