President Donald Trump will travel to Philadelphia on Saturday to attend the annual Army-Navy football contest, White House officials confirmed to Military Times on Monday.
Trump has attended the game twice before, in 2018 and as president-elect in 2016. The commander-in-chief traditionally spends time with both teams during the rivalry game, along with senior officers from both of the services.
The game, to be held at Lincoln Financial Field (home of the Philadelphia Eagles), will be the 120th time the two service academies have faced off against each other on the football field. Navy leads the all-time series 60-52-7.
But Army has won the last three contests, including a 17-10 victory over the Midshipmen last December. Army also won the game Trump attended in 2016.
More than 70,000 spectators are expected to be at the event, and the president’s attendance will mean increased security for fans entering the stadium and tailgating in the parking lots around south Philadelphia.
Leo covers Congress, Veterans Affairs and the White House for Military Times. He has covered Washington, D.C. since 2004, focusing on military personnel and veterans policies. His work has earned numerous honors, including a 2009 Polk award, a 2010 National Headliner Award, the IAVA Leadership in Journalism award and the VFW News Media award.