San José State will relocate its October 13 non-conference home football game vs. Army West Point to Levi’s Stadium. Game time will be announced at a later date. ESPN Networks will be providing the play-by-play telecast. Marie Tuite, the Spartans’ director of athletics, made the announcement for the university.
“Playing Army West Point, one of the storied programs in college football, at Levi’s Stadium, home of the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship, is a unique and distinctive opportunity for our student-athletes, coaches, university and fans,” said Tuite who also serves on the Bay Area Host Committee executive board for the national championship game. “San José State’s partnership with the 49ers is well-established through the years. It’s easy to point to Bill Walsh’s days as a Spartan and going on to coaching the 49ers. There’s more on a number of fronts from our players pursuing NFL pro careers and alums like world-renowned sports sociologist Dr. Harry Edwards that work or have worked for one of the NFL’s best organizations.”
The San José State-Army West Point game now becomes the first of four premier college football contests this season at Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers’ home also is hosting the Pac-12 Football Championship game on November 30, the San Francisco Bowl on December 31 and the College Football Playoff National Championship on January 7, 2019. Levi’s Stadium previously hosted three college games in 2014, including a regular season meeting between California and Oregon and has staged two college football games in each of the last three seasons.
“It’s going to be an awesome experience for our team. Any chance you get to play in an NFL venue like that, be in an NFL locker room, play of an NFL surface, it will be an incredible experience for our fans and our football team,” said San José State head coach Brent Brennan. “Just knowing the Pac-12 Championship is played there every year and having the College Football Championship there, it doesn’t get any bigger than that. I think it’s a great lineup of college football in the stadium this season and we’re excited to be a part of it.”
The Spartans will be playing the Black Knights for the first time in program history this year in the first of a four-game home-and-home series. Army West Point will make its first trip to the Bay Area since a 2014 game at Stanford.
This year’s Army West Point game completes the Spartans’ trifecta of playing the three Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) military service academies – Air Force, Army West Point and Navy in their football history. Heading into the season, 37 other football-playing schools played football against all three teams.