Air Force opens football practice Aug. 3

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The Air Force opens football practice in preparation for the 2022 season on Wednesday, August 3. The team will train weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings. The Air Force will welcome fans and media to a pair of practices on Saturday, August 13 and 20, at Falcon Stadium at 9:30 a.m. Photo and video opportunities for open sessions are available during pre-workouts and the first two periods. , which totals about 20-25 minutes.
Air Force Head Coach Troy Calhoun and seniors TD Blackmon (LB) and Brad Robert (FB) will represent the program at this week’s 2022 Mountain West Football Media Days July 20-21 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Air Force finished the season 10-3 overall and was co-champion in the Mountain West Mountain Division with a 6-2 mark. The Falcons posted double-digit wins for the second time in three seasons (2019), fourth time under head coach Troy Calhoun and ninth time in school history. The Air Force closed the season with a 31-28 victory over Louisville in the First Responder Bowl in Dallas, Texas, to record its third straight win since 2016, including two straight Power 5 teams.

The Air Force was picked second in the Mountain Division behind Boise State this season. Seniors Brad Robert (come back), Vince Sanford (OLB) and isaac cochran (OL) were all selected to the all-Mountain West pre-season squad.

LOCKHEED MARTIN VS COMMANDERS CLASSIC. ARMY

The 2021 Lockheed Martin Commanders Classic between the Air Force and Army was the premier college football game at Globe Life Field. The two-year deal continues this season with the Air Force and Army playing Nov. 5, 2022. Army won last year’s game, 21-14, in overtime. The Texas Rangers will host and operate the games with marketing assistance from Dallas-based LST Marketing.
Globe Life Field is the home of Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers, who played 30 games at the park without fans during the abbreviated 2020 season. The facility went on to host 16 neutral-site MLB postseason games in the National League Division (3) and Championship (7) and World Series (6) series. Games in the final two playoff rounds were played in front of approximately 11,500 fans per game, the maximum capacity allowed by MLB.
Designed with a retractable roof to be a premier multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue, Globe Life Field hosted more than 60 high school graduates in May and June and recently hosted the 10-night Wrangler National Finals Rodeo from 3 to December 12 with sold-out crowds of 14,500 per performance.
Globe Life Field’s seating capacity for the Lockheed Martin Commanders’ Classic is expected to approach the baseball figure of 40,518. The 1.8 million square foot facility includes sports lighting as well as football-specific broadcast locations.

FALCON STADIUM TURNS 60

Falcon Stadium turns 60 in the 2022 season. The stadium opened in 1962 as the home of the Falcons. Air Force is 217-125-4 all-time at Falcon Stadium.
Since the donor-funded stadium opened, it has undergone several significant upgrades. In 1991, the Academy installed skyboxes and remodeled the press box. Renovations in the 1990s and 2000s to improve the fan experience increased food and beverage vendors and the additional space increased its capacity to 46,692 currently (from 52,480). Permanent lights were installed in 2002. At the start of the 2016 season, new scoreboards were installed, then in 2018 the turf was replaced and the home changing room was renovated. Private contributions financed most of these improvements.
The next phase of renovations is underway after the 2022 season with the aim of transforming the facility into a state-of-the-art, world-class venue.
The Air Force Academy Foundation and the Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation announced a multi-phase renovation project for Falcon Stadium as part of the Defining Our Future campaign for the Air Force Academy, which launched publicly on September 10, 2021.
The investment required for the initial phase will be $70 million, with philanthropic support from the Air Force Academy Foundation providing $35 million through the campaign and the remaining half funded by Air Force revenues. Force Academy Athletic Corporation. The current phase is part of a multi-phase master plan to upgrade and transform Falcon Stadium and will total approximately $180 million when complete.
With most of the initial improvements being made to the east side of the stadium, proposed plans include a dramatic new stadium entrance, updated event space, relocated cadet section and a heritage plaza. Improved seating, concession areas, restrooms and merchandise space will provide fans with a more modern and comfortable feel when attending an event.

THE AIR FORCE WELCOMES SIX NEW COACHES

The Air Force welcomes six new coaches entering the 2022 season. The new coaches follow below. Job changes include Brian Knorr switch to defensive coordinator/inside linebackers, Brett Skene take over as specialist and assistant coach of the offensive line and Alex means move to the defensive line.

Marc Bacote (James Madison, 2010), 1st year, tight ends
charlie jackson (Air Force, 2000), 1st year, assistant head coach/defensive backs
Ken Lamendola (Air Force, 2011), 1st year, Outside Linebackers
Nick Toth (Ohio, 1999), 1st year, Security
E.J. Whitlow (Findlay, 2010), 1st year, Defensive Endings
• Anthony Wright (Air Force, 2012) 1st year, Defensive Assistant

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