|Full name||Blaik Field at Michie Stadium|
|Location||700 Mills Road|
West Point, New York 10996
|Coordinates|| / ,|
|Expanded||1962: east grandstand|
1969: west upper deck
2003: press box
|Owner||U.S. Military Academy|
|Operator||U.S. Military Academy|
|Army Black Knights (NCAA)|
Michie Stadium // is an outdoor football stadium on the campus of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. The home field for the Army Black Knights, it opened in 1924 and has a current seating capacity of 38,000.
The stadium sits at the upper portion of campus, directly west of Lusk Reservoir. The field is at an elevation of Script error 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.
Michie Stadium is dedicated to the memory of Dennis Michie (1870–1898), who was instrumental in starting the football program while a cadet at the Academy. A member of the Class of 1892, Michie organized, managed, and coached the first football team at West Point in 1890. Six years after graduation, he was killed in Cuba during the Spanish–American War. There have been several renovations since the stadium's first game in October 1924, when Army defeated Saint Louis, 17–0.
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 three consecutive national titles, in 1944, 1945, and 1946.
Michie Stadium has hosted the Army–Navy Game only once, in 1943 during World War II. The rivalry game is normally played at a neutral site between the campuses on the East Coast, usually in Philadelphia in early December.
- ↑ "Century's Best - SI's Top 20 Venues of the 20th Century". Sports Illustrated. 1999-06-07. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/centurys_best/news/1999/06/02/top_venues/. Retrieved 2010-01-09.
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- Go Army Sports.com - official USMA athletics site - Michie stadium
- World Stadiums.com - photos - Michie Stadium
- Aerial photo (& topographic map) - Michie Stadium from USGS via Microsoft Research Maps