Michie Stadium

Michie Stadium
Blaik Field at Michie Stadium
Michie Stadium
Location 700 Mills Rd, West Point, NY 10996
Coordinates 41°23′15″N 73°57′51″W / 41.3875°N 73.96417°W / 41.3875; -73.96417Coordinates: 41°23′15″N 73°57′51″W / 41.3875°N 73.96417°W / 41.3875; -73.96417
Broke ground 1924
Opened 1924
Owner United States Military Academy
Operator U.S. Military Academy
Surface FieldTurf (2008-present)
AstroPlay (2001-2007)
AstroTurf (1977-2000)
Grass (1924-1976)
Construction cost $300,000 USD
Capacity 38,000
Tenants
Army Black Knights football (NCAA) (1924-present)

Michie Stadium (pronounced /ˈmaɪki/) is an outdoor football stadium located on the campus of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. It is the home field for the Army Black Knights. It opened in 1924 and has a current seating capacity of 38,000.[1]

The stadium sits at the upper portion of campus, directly west of Lusk Reservoir. The field is at an elevation of 335 feet (102 m) above sea level and runs in the traditional north-south configuration, with the press box above the west sideline. Because of the view offered by its location overlooking the Hudson River and the medieval-style campus below, it was rated as Sports Illustrated's #3 sports venue of the 20th century.[2]

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Overview

Dennis Michie

Michie Stadium Sign, West Point, NY.jpg

Michie Stadium is dedicated to the memory of Dennis Michie, who was instrumental in starting football at the Academy in 1890. Michie organized, managed, and coached the first football team in history at West Point. He was later killed during the Spanish–American War in 1898. There have been several renovations since the stadium's first game in October 1924, when Army defeated Saint Louis, 17–0.

Blaik Field

On September 25, 1999 the football field at Michie Stadium was named Blaik Field, in honor of Earl "Red" Blaik, the head coach at West Point from 1941 to 1958. Blaik led Army to two national titles, in 1944 and 1945.

Playing surface

Since 2008, the playing surface has been FieldTurf. This replaced AstroPlay, which had been used since 2001. The stadium's playing field was natural grass until AstroTurf was installed in 1977.[1]

Army–Navy Game

Michie Stadium has hosted the Army–Navy Game only once, in 1943. The rivalry game is normally played at a neutral site between the campuses on the East Coast, usually in Philadelphia in early December.

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