This year Maryland residents can root for a home football team during the Military Bowl Dec. 28, 2015, and enjoy pre-game festivities in Annapolis when No. 21 Navy takes on University of Pittsburgh in the Navy-Marine Corps stadium. The football game starts at 2:30 p.m., with game-day activities kicking off earlier with a tailgate, parade, wine tasting and beer crawl.
Fans can join the fun at the stadium for the Military Bowl Tailgate starting at 9 a.m. in the Blue Lot on the west side of the stadium. Admission to the tailgate is free and includes music, military displays, free face painting for all ages, food and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) from Annapolis restaurants.
Fan tailgating also is allowed at the stadium parking lot. Check the rules here. Stadium gates open at 12:30 p.m.
Bowl Week events
Bowl Week events for adult fans start even earlier, with a Military Bowl Eve Bar Crawl and Military Bowl Eve Wine Walk Sunday, Dec. 27. The bar crawl is 4-9 p.m. with $3 Budweiser draughts, giveaways and other fun at several Annapolis bars. Participating locations include: Mangia, Heroes Pub, West End Grill, ACME, Armadillos, Stan & Joes in Annapolis, Ebb Tide, McGarvey’s, Ramshead Tavern, Westin Annapolis and Fado.
The Military Bowl Eve Wine Walk is 4-6 p.m. with several downtown Annapolis businesses featuring tastings from Maryland wineries. Check the Military Bowl website for a complete list. Everyone making a purchase at a participating business during the Military Bowl Wine Walk will be entered into a drawing for the following prizes:
- Military Bowl post-game field passes
- A set of wine glasses from Great Frogs Winery
- Framed black and white image of “Annapolis Watermen” from Great Frogs 2012 cabernet wine label.
- Framed black and white image of the old Annapolis City Dock, which is featured on Great Frogs’ special reserve dessert wine.
The drawing will be held on the night of Sunday, Dec. 27, following the Military Bowl Wine Walk. Winners will be notified that night and provided instructions for picking up their prizes.