Spring games for NCAA Football teams are normally just exhibition games aimed at reminding the fans to start pawning their worldly goods in preparation for buying season tickets, but one program is using it as an opportunity to actually give their fans located a considerable distance away from their campus some entertainment. For the second year in a row, the Army Black Knights are turning their Black and Gold spring game into a traveling affair.
Last year Army played the game at Fort Benning in Georgia, but this year they will be heading out to the Lone Star State, where they will play in Fort Hood, Texas. They will play at Fort Hood Stadium, which was opened on Oct. 19, 2012, seats 5500, and up until now has only hosted local high school games. The game is set to take place on Mar. 8.
The ability to move around your spring games seems like something that only one of the Military Academies could do, as they can guarantee a fan base will be present when they play aboard military installations. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Navy Midshipmen or Air Force Falcons do something similar in the coming years.
The Army players will also apparently be participating in numerous training exercises while at Fort Hood, so the trip is more than just an opportunity for them to entertain active Army Soldiers, but is a chance for them to get some unique training for their careers in the Army.
It is good to see a program like Army going out and trying to give something to their fans that can’t regularly make it to games. If you’re going to go 2-10 you might as well do all you can to entertain your supporters. At least they beat Air Force.