Fort Benning’s and Columbus State University’s football clubs will square off Thursday in the annual Doughboy Bowl at Doughboy Memorial Stadium on Fort Benning.
Tailgating activities start at 3 p.m. followed by Silver Wings Parachute Exhibition Team delivering the game ball at 5:30 and kickoff at 6.
Half-time entertainment will include the MCoE Band and the CSU dance team. A kids' activity area will include inflatable bounce houses, crafts and games.
This is a free event and open to the public. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Guest who do not have a military ID should use the Benning Road gate for easy access. There is no need to stop for a visitor's pass.
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Event sponsors are CB&T, First Command, Wells Fargo, Columbus Kia Autosport, USAA and Omni Financial!)
Fort Benning Soldiers built Doughboy Memorial Stadium as a memorial to American Infantrymen killed in World War I. It was funded by contributions from Soldiers around the world. The word "Doughboy" was a slang term used for Infantrymen during World War I.
The dedication of Doughboy Stadium was celebrated on Oct. 17, 1925 with a game between the Blue Tide of Fort Benning and a team from Oglethorpe University out of Atlanta before a crowd of 9,000. Fort Benning won 27-6. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who earned five stars before becoming president of the United States, helped coach the Doughboys to an all-Army championship the following year.
Perhaps the greatest of all the Doughboy teams was the 1962 undefeated squad, led by Pat Dye, future coach of Auburn.