Choose your side: Army or Navy? - Philadelphia News

PENN'S LANDING - December 4, 2008 There are banners proclaiming the return of the matchup hanging on street lights throughout Center City.

Last year the game was played in Baltimore, but this will be the fourth army-navy game played at lincoln financial field.

"It is truly one of the finest stadiums in the country and it goes a long way toward keeping Army-Navy right here," Larry Needle of the Philadelphia Sports Congress said.

The city enjoys a surge in tourism from the Army-Navy game. Hotel rooms are filling fast, and good luck getting a reservation at your favorite Center City restaurant on Saturday!

"We're going to have about 50,000 visitors this weekend, really the eyes of the nation are turned to Philadelphia for Army-Navy, so we're really excited," Needle said.

Today, two navy ships docked at Penn's Landing, the USS Bulkeley and the USS Oscar Austin.

As the sailors came ashore, their storied clash with Army was all the buzz.

"I'm excited about seeing some old classmates of mine. My fondest memories have been from the Army-Navy game," Lt. Rob Pinkney said.

Lieutenant Pinkney and the rest of the USS Bulkeley's crew will have plenty to do this weekend.

Some events are open to the public, like the pep rally in the shops at Liberty Place on Friday at Noon, the Patriot Games Challenge Saturday morning, which includes a run up the art museum steps, and free tours of the USS Bulkeley and the USS Oscar Aaustin on Saturday and Sunday.

But the main event is the game on Saturday at Noon.

Lieutenant Pinkney says there's no better place than Philadelphia for this historic matchup.

"Those things kind of run in parallel with Army-Navy and what they mean being that they're both founded here with the rest of the country so that makes it special," Lt. Pinkney said.

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