Patriotic Feel at Yankee Stadium

November 12, 2011 — College football returns to Yankee Stadium today.

For the second season in a row, Army is playing at the Yankees’ home, this time against Rutgers University.

As the case was last year, when Yankee Stadium hosted two games (Army vs. Notre Dame and the 2010 Pinstripe Bowl, which featured Syracuse University and Kansas State University), the scene from the press box includes the football field, the left field bleachers, which are filled with cadets, the goal posts and the facade. Today, the home team is Army, so the end-zones and 50-yard line are decorated with the Black Knights logos, and there are about 100 American flags flying atop the facade.

The Black Knights of Army are wearing their home uniforms, which feature gold pants and black jerseys with gold numbers. Rutgers is wearing their away uniforms, which consist of white pants and white jerseys. The only difference from Rutgers’ traditional uniforms is that they are wearing white helmets (instead of red helmets) with on “R” on each side that mirrors the American flag’s design.

The timing of the game — and Rutgers’ decision to don commemorative helmets — is perfect, as yesterday was Veterans’ Day.

I wasn’t around to see Army — or any other football team — play at the old Yankee Stadium, but on this beautiful autumn day, I can only imagine that it is reminiscent of what those experiences must have been like.

At halftime, the score is tied, 6-6, which has come as an unexpected surprise for two teams that didn’t appear to be evenly matched. Army came into the contest with a 3-6 record, and Rutgers is 6-3.

Maybe this is Army’s day. They certainly had a lot of big wins across the street from here.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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