Stanford @ Army Important Information
Game day at West Point offers a unique college football experience. Sports Illustrated has rated Army's Michie Stadium one of the top sports venues of the 20th century, thanks in part to its splendid views of the Hudson River Valley. The decades of traditions surrounding Army football provide an "unbelievable moment" for those in attendance, describes ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.
As an active military installation, West Point comes with a few logistical challenges for football games. Here's the information you need to know in order to enjoy game day:
- Official West Point Game Day Events
- Tailgating (SAA will not be hosting a tailgate event on game day.)
- Game Day Policies / West Point Security
- Transportation / Directions
- Maps / Shuttles / Parking
Official West Point Game Day Events
Saturday, September 14
6:00 a.m. — Parking Lots Open
7:30 a.m. — Shuttle Buses Begin Running
9:00 a.m. — Cadet Review on "The Plain"
One of the time-honored traditions of Army football, a full-dress cadet parade will take place on "The Plain" (weather permitting).
9:00 a.m. — Black Knights Alley Opens
The Black Knights Alley Fan Fest features live music, inflatables for kids, food and beverages, a beer tent, face painting, and more! Located between Michie Stadium and Lusk Reservoir along Mills Road, Black Knights Alley will remain open until kickoff. The tailgate tent will stay open until the end of the 4th quarter.
9:30 a.m. — Community Tailgate
West Point will be offering a public tailgate at the First Class Club Sports Bar from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for $24 per person (cash bar available). To purchase tickets, email Janine.Roszkowski@usma.edu or call 845.938.7732.
(Interested in planning your own tailgate? Click here for more information.)
9:30 a.m. — Pre-Paid Ticket Will Call Window Opens
The Pre-Paid Ticket Will Call Window is located by Gate 3 of Michie Stadium. This window serves visitors who have purchased tickets within 10 days of the game or have made other ticket arrangements in advance.
10:00 a.m. — Michie Stadium Opens
10:00 a.m. — Day of Game Ticket Windows Open
11:40 a.m. — Band Takes Field/Cadet March on/National Anthem
Slightly before 11:40 a.m., the area inside of Gate 1 will shut down for approximately five minutes while the Cadet Regiment marches on to the field. Once the 1,000 Cadets are in position, a member of the Cadet Glee Club and the Army Band will perform the National Anthem.
11:50 a.m. — Parachute Demonstration
Look skyward and you'll see West Point cadets parachuting into Michie Stadium with the official game ball and flags (wind conditions permitting).
12:00 p.m. — Kickoff
SAA will not be hosting a tailgate event on game day. General tailgating is permitted in the parking lots in the area around your vehicle. Choose from a do-it-yourself tailgate to a full service event with the help of Army services. Get general information about tailgating at West Point here. For questions, or more information on tailgating, please contact Michael Graffin (845.446.2349).
West Point also hosts a Community Tailgate at the First Class Club Sports Bar from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (approximately $24 per person, cash bar available). To purchase tickets, contact Janine Roszkowski or call 845.938.7732.
All fans age 16 and up must present a government issued photo ID to pass through the main security gates to enter West Point. Please make sure that you have your ID with you at all times. Your car may be briefly searched at the main gates. Please be prepared to open your trunk for inspection. All fans entering Michie stadium will encounter security checks and are subject to search.
The following items are prohibited inside Michie Stadium: Alcoholic beverages; animals; artificial noisemakers; bags/backpacks; bottles, cans, or beverage containers of any kind (including water); firearms, knives, and weapons of any kind; food; footballs or throwing objects; laser pointers; signs or flags on sticks or poles; smoking; umbrellas.
For additional security information, or if you have any questions, please consult West Point's website.
If you're not staying at West Point for the Stanford @ Army game, there are a number of ways to get to campus on Saturday morning, including:
There are three ways to enter West Point, and it's recommended that you attempt to enter the appropriate gate based on where you'll be parking for the game. Information about how to acquire a parking pass can be found below.
- Stoney Lonesome Gate (Red and Orange Parking Passes)
- Thayer Gate (Green Parking Passes)
- Washington Gate (Blue and Orange Parking Passes)
If you are driving to the game, we strongly advise an early arrival to avoid long traffic lines. Traffic congestion can begin as early as three to four hours before the noon kickoff.
Seastreak's public ferry to West Point departs Conner's Highlands in Highlands, New Jersey at 8:00 a.m. ET on the morning of Saturday, September 14. The ferry departs Pier 11 in Manhattan at 8:45 a.m. ET, where it will then travel directly to West Point.
Tickets for the Seastreak ferry cost $65 for round-trip transportation to and from West Point, which includes shuttle service from the West Point dock to Michie Stadium. Children three and older require a ticket for the ferry. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 800.262.8743.
FanTravel, a company started by two former Stanford Football players, is offering a combined ferry trip and public tailgate as part of its transportation package to the Stanford @ Army game.
The ferries will depart Manhattan's Pier 11 at 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. ET and will arrive at West Point in time for pregame festivities. Snacks and beverages (cash bar) will be available for purchase onboard. The Ferries are sold out, but you may subscribe to FanTravel's wait list.
You can take a train on Metro-North's Hudson Line (green) from midtown Manhattan's Grand Central Station to Garrison, New York, which is directly across the river from West Point. It's recommended that you call ahead to a taxi company in order to arrange a pickup at Garrison (A list of West Point-approved taxi companies can be found here.) Otherwise, it's suggested that you get off two stops earlier at Peekskill, which is much more likely to have taxis available at the station.
Trains depart Grand Central station at :44 past the hour starting at 6:00 a.m. ET. Travel time is approximately 70 minutes to Garrison ($26.50 round trip, if purchased in advance) and approximately 60 minutes to Peekskill ($23.50 round trip, if purchased in advanced). Taxis from both locations to West Point will take approximately 20 minutes, but this is subject to change depending on game day traffic.
It's recommended that you purchase train tickets in advance, as tickets purchased on board are considerably more expensive (and cash-only).
Short Line operates a bus that travels from New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal directly to West Point. Round-trip fares cost approximately $30 and tickets can be purchased in person at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Please check Short Line's website for departure times and other information.
All vehicles parking at West Point are required to have a parking pass. It's recommended that attendees buy a parking pass in advance, as parking permits are cheaper to pre-purchase ($15) than to buy on game day ($20). West Point provides back-and-forth bus shuttles from its parking lots to the parade ground and Michie Stadium, and all parking lots and shuttles are color-coded (as illustrated below).
Please allow approximately one hour from the time you arrive at the main security gate to enter, park, and take a shuttle to your desired location. Entrance into Michie Stadium will be slower closer to game time. Please allow at least 20-30 minutes walk uphill to the stadium, go through security, and find your seats.
Those purchasing parking passes are asked to enter West Point using the following gates:
- Green Passes: Thayer
- Red Passes: Stony Lonesome
- Blue Passes: Washington
- Orange (general admission parking passes): enter through Washington or Stony Lonesome Gates and you will be directed to the proper parking area. Fans with general parking passes who require handicap parking and have a handicap license plate or state registration should enter through Stony Lonesome Gate.
Fans wishing to park together must enter the lots at the same time.
Tickets to the Stanford @ Army game are officially sold out through Stanford Athletics. See you at the game!
We strongly advise an early arrival to avoid long traffic lines. Traffic congestion can begin as early as three to four hours before the noon kickoff. Please allow approximately one hour from the time you arrive at the main security gate to enter, park, and take a shuttle to your desired location.
Additionally, entrance into Michie Stadium will be slower closer to game time. Please allow at least 20-30 minutes to walk uphill to the stadium, go through security, and find your seats.
If you have any questions about Stanford @ Army event registration or game day details, call 650.724.3549.