ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ/AP) — The Department of Defense has canceled all Naval Academy varsity and club sports through Sunday as a result of the government shutdown.
Navy and Air Force have received approval from the Department of Defense to play Saturday’s football game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 11:40 a.m. and the game will be televised nationally by CBS.
A sellout crowd is expected.
Army will play its game, too. Boston College said on its website that Saturday’s game against the service academy will proceed.
“I’m thrilled our students and those from the service academies will get to play their games this weekend,” athletic director Brad Bates said. “Thank you, fans, for your patience and understanding the past couple of days.”
Service academy football games are paid for with nonappropriated funds and have been long planned. Such funds generally come from outside sources and are not approved through Congress.
Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said his department had provided information to Pentagon officials to assure them that no government money will be spent on any aspect of the game. Gladchuk said a Navy home game brings in about $4 million from tickets, sponsorship, television and radio rights fees and other revenues such as parking and concessions. The game essentially pays for itself, he said.
Football revenue funds Navy’s 32 other sports teams.
As for the consequences of a home football game being canceled, Gladchuk said Wednesday: “It would be devastating to our budget.”