The annual Army-Navy football game, already renowned for its pomp and circumstance, will get a booster shot for its 100th anniversary this year, with organizers vying to turn December's event in Philadelphia into a spectacle like none other in the history of the venerable series.
Following nearly six months of planning, an event committee composed of high-ranking officials from both academies has devised a plan that includes more than a dozen special promotions, including throwback uniforms, a commemorative game logo and, possibly, a gala halftime show featuring recording artist Lee Greenwood.
The committee, which has met more than half a dozen times since January, is expected to release final details next month.
"When we first met January 6th, we sat down with the agenda `Let's explore everything. Let's put everything on the table, talk it through and discard things as we go along,' knowing full well that you can't do everything," said Navy assistant athletic director Eric Ruden.
The committee has commissioned New York-based SME Design -- which designed logos for Washington's Wizards, Mystics and Capitals -- to create a special commemorative logo, to be unveiled this summer. The logo will be featured on a patch to be affixed to players' uniforms, on merchandise and possibly at midfield, as well as on all game balls Navy uses throughout the season.
A special Web site, Army Navy100.com, should be operational by the end of next month.
Discussion also has taken place about the possibility of a gala halftime show featuring Greenwood, who sang a stirring rendition of his popular "I'm Proud to be an American" at an Army-Navy game following the Gulf War.
Other plans call for a 100th anniversary book written by Jack Clary, author of "The History of Navy Football"; a video produced by NFL Films; a commemorative lithograph by artist Bill Williams featuring game memorabilia; and a possible reunion of the teams' five Heisman Trophy winners -- Roger Staubach and Joe Bellino from Navy and Doc Blanchard, Glenn Davis and Pete Dawkins from Army.
The Heisman winners will be featured on a poster by artist Michael Taylor to be given to fans on game day.
Special plans also are in the works for the event's annual Friday night gala to be held at Philadelphia Convention Center.
"It will be an event befitting the 100th anniversary of this great sporting event," said Larry Needle, executive director of the Philadelphia Sports Congress.
Special correspondent Jeff Seidel contributed to this report.