Message from the Commandant: Food and Football March-Ons

The following is being sent at the request of the Commandant of Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy.

Alumni and friends,

The 2019 football season is well underway, and we’re looking forward to many of you returning to Annapolis for upcoming reunion weekends. Whether you’re a season ticket holder and regular tailgater, or just coming to celebrate a milestone reunion, I’m writing you today to ask for your support and assistance to “stop the snack attacks”…

Over the past few years, what began as children passing candy to midshipmen marching to the stadium has evolved into messy cheeseburgers and hot dogs, as well as bottles and cans of soda, being thrown at the midshipmen as they are marching or positioned along Taylor Avenue.

Before I’m accused of being the “fun vacuum,” and aside from ruined uniforms and the Brigade acting unprofessional, we need to remember the physical security environment is far from what it was when many of us were those same midshipmen marching to the stadium. The safety and security of the Brigade, as well as our fans, is our number one priority.

Beginning this weekend, we will have some of our midshipmen actively engaging with our fans along Taylor Avenue, who will safely collect and then distribute the candy, food, and beverages after march-on within their company seating area. Our ATFP personnel will also be actively discouraging fans from throwing candy, food and beverages.

I thank you in advance for your support in this effort.

Go Navy, Beat Air Force!

Very respectfully,T.R. Buchanan ‘92
Commandant of Midshipmen