The Military Bowl will no longer be played in D.C.'s aging RFK Stadium.
D.C.'s only major college football bowl game is moving out of the District—and it's headed to Maryland.
This year's version of the Military Bowl will be played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, the home field of the Navy Midshipmen. The first five versions of the game were played at RFK Stadium in D.C. All non-gameday events related to the bowl will remain in the District.
Organizers say the move is intended to place the game in a setting that highlights the bowl's fundraising efforts for organizations that aid the armed forces. In each of the past three years, the Military Bowl has raised $100,000 dollars for the USO.
Attendance at the game has never come close to a sell-out at aging RFK Stadium, with the more than 38,000 that attended the 2010 game featuring the University of Maryland being the highest attended.
Navy-Marine Corps Stadium seats about 10,000 fewer people than RFK Stadium and is actually two years older, but it has undergone extensive renovations in the last decade, whereas RFK Stadium has not. This year's game will be played December 27, and will match teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference.