The leaves are just starting to change colors here and if it means anything besides fall, it’s football season. Last weekend a friend invited me along for a day at a West Point football game. I’ve been to lots of college football games over the years but I had no idea that this was not going to be any ordinary game experience.

THE CADET PARADE

Our day started bright and early so that we could arrive in time to get seats for the Cadet Parade. After the cadets paraded onto the field by troop, a helicopter flew overhead dropping six parachute jumpers. They all landed right on the field in front of us and the last one flew in delivering the United States flag. Seeing them parachute jump from so high was definitely the highlight of the day.

EXPLORING THE CAMPUS

After the parade we had some time to explore the West Point campus. We wandered across the campus fields, stopped to attempt a pull-up (#fail), took in the beautiful mountain views and hiked up the hill to see the Army Chapel.

BLACK KNIGHTS ALLEY

Pre-game we explored Black Knights Alley which sits between the stadium and the reservoir. It was full of food, drink, music and vendors rallying everyone for the game against Duke.

THE MULES

While heading up to find our seats we encountered the Army’s mascot, the Mule. We had heard they hadn’t been around in awhile after a incident when one of them got frightened and ran off the field a few years ago but they were back and didn’t seem to flinch at the crowd.

THE GAME BALL

The game ball was delivered by six more parachute jumpers landing right in the stadium. Definitely a one of kind college football delivery.

AND FINALLY, THE GAME

Although the army was pretty much crushed by Duke it was pretty cool to sit in the stadium across from the cadets in uniform and watch some football on a gorgeous fall upstate New York Saturday. I definitely recommend going to a game once in your life and experiencing college football a little differently.

See the official West Point game day itinerary here.

Special thanks to Skip, Jeri and the Stanford family for the day!