The Army baseball team’s best crowd this season likely will attend a game that won’t count in the standings.
But when the New York Yankees come to West Point — the first pro team to do so since the Houston Astros in 1986 — the March 30 game against the Black Knights (0-2 so far this year) will be so big, temporary bleachers will be hauled in to boost Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field’s capacity from 824 to more than 5,000 fans, according to an Army athletic department release.
Tickets will cost $40 to $50. They go on sale March 1 and aren’t refundable for any reason, according to the release — if it rains, you’re out of luck. They’ll only be available on Army’s athletic website; no phone or in-person orders. Click the release link above for details.
Army’s played the Yankees 21 times and never won. The Black Knights came close in their last meeting in 1976, falling 2-0, and lost 1-0 in 1966 thanks to a first-inning RBI groundout by Mickey Mantle. Read more about Army baseball’s history facing pro teams here, including Babe Ruth’s stamp on the exhibition series — in the form of a jaw-dropping home run, naturally.
Can’t get a ticket? Get to a TV with an expanded sports cable package — the game will air live on the YES Network.