By Erika Norton, WPAOG Senior Multimedia Journalist
Michie Stadium is celebrating its 100th season of Army West Point football this October.
The legendary stadium opened on October 4, 1924, with Army defeating St. Louis University, 17-0, and has since been the location of a century of storied football victories at West Point. Since that opening game, Army has compiled a 364-170-7 (.679) record at Michie in the 99 previous seasons.
In celebration of the 100th season, Army West Point Athletics unveiled a special commemorative logo and merchandise, as well as a video series highlighting some of the best moments in the history of the stadium.
Over the last 99 seasons, Michie Stadium has become one of the most iconic destinations to watch college football. From the Corps of Cadets being seated together to cannon blasts that shake the house every time the Black Knights score, Sports Illustrated recognized the stadium as one of the best places in the world to watch sports.
With its rich traditions and scenic venue, Army fans know it’s more than just a game at West Point. Other traditions include Army West Point football players taking the field after touching the bronze Marshall Plaque held by an Army officer as they pass by. The plaque, which reads “I WANT A WEST POINT FOOTBALL PLAYER,” harkens back to the now famous words said by then-Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army GEN George C. Marshall while requesting an officer to lead a secret mission during a crucial period of World War II.
The iconic stadium was built after Army’s football program began asserting itself nationally and West Point officials identified the need for a permanent athletic field. They selected the meadowland adjacent to Lusk Reservoir within the shadow of historic Fort Putnam as their location. Construction of Michie Stadium finished in 1924, just in time for Army’s 35th football campaign.
The original stadium structure was formally dedicated to the memory of Dennis Mahan Michie, who was instrumental in starting the game of football at the U.S. Military Academy in 1890. It was Michie who organized, managed and coached the first football team in history at West Point.
Fast forward to the 2023 season and new FieldTurf was installed at the stadium, giving the Black Knights a fresh playing surface. Planning also continues on the Michie Stadium Preservation Project, a plan that includes a new 160,000-square-foot structure with brand new offerings currently unavailable at Michie. These new premium spaces include suites, ledge seats, loge boxes and club seats. Under this plan, the Corps of Cadets seating section will stretch end zone to end zone, ensuring that the cadets are a central focus and will amplify game-day support of the cadet-athletes on the field.