ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ/AP) — The annual Army-Navy football game will be played at West Point rather than Philadelphia, the Naval Academy said Friday.

The game, which is set for December 12, is being moved to allow the entire brigade of midshipmen and corps of cadets to attend, Naval Academy athletic director Chet Gladchuk and Army athletic director Mike Buddie said. Attendance limits in Pennsylvania would not have allowed the full brigade and corps to attend, the duo said.

Despite the move, it’s still unlikely fans will be allowed, though the game will be televised on CBS at 3 p.m., officials said.

This will be the first time the Army-Navy game will be played at a home site since Army hosted the event in 1943 during World War II.

Navy athletic Chet Gladchuk called West Point a “safe haven” for the Brigade and the Corps of Cadets at a time when “medical conditions and protocols dictate the environment in which we live.”

“History will repeat itself as we stage this cherished tradition on Academy grounds as was the case dating back to World War II,” Gladchuk said Friday.

Philadelphia has long been home for the event, with few exceptions.

Army athletic director Mike Buddie thanked the city of Philadelphia, the Eagles and all those involved in the planning.

“Of utmost importance to us throughout this entire process was the health, safety and welfare of the Corps of Cadets and the Brigade of Midshipmen,” he said. “We are excited about this historic opportunity.”

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CBS Baltimore Staff

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