The Army Black Knights have added the Lafayette Leopards to their football schedules in 2016 and 2018, the Patriot League announced today.
Army will host Lafayette at Michie Stadium in West Point, NY on Oct. 15, 2016 and then again on Oct. 6, 2018.
The 2016 game will be the first match-up between the two schools since a pair of games in 1996 and 1997. Army leads the series 17-1, which began back in 1893.
“We’re looking forward to the chance to play against an FBS school like Army,” said Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani, who coached against Army as a Lafayette assistant in the 80s and 90s. “They have a tremendous atmosphere in West Point and it’s in a location that will allow our fans to make the trip.”
“A renewal of our football series with Army is an exciting opportunity for our student-athletes and community,” said Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon. “We are looking forward to our return to Michie Stadium, one of the iconic college football venues in America.”
Lafayette is a member of the Patriot League in the Football Championship Subdivision. They are located in Easton, Pennsylvania and are led by head coach Frank Tavani, who is entering his 14th season with the Leopards.
According to The Express-Times, Lafayette is now awarding football scholarships and can begin playing FBS programs in 2015.
Looking at Army’s tentative future football schedules, the addition of Lafayette gives them seven games in 2016 and 11 in 2018.