2012 Carrier Classic on the Flight Deck of the USS YORKTOWN

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We have received a number of inquiries from active duty military and veterans.  Please note that, while we love our active duty military and veterans, Patriots Point does not have any role in the distribution of tickets to the game. 

  • A limited number of tickets have been set aside for active duty military members representing every branch of the armed forces.  ALL tickets will be distributed through individual chains of command.  Please contact your command post directly for information regarding the distribution/pick up of tickets.  All tickets must be picked up prior to game day — unfortunately, staff will not be able to admit those who show up with an ID; but no ticket.


  • Veterans tickets have been distributed through veterans organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project and the Ralph A. Johnson VA Medical Center.  At this time, all complimentary veterans tickets have been distributed; but tickets are still available for purchase at the Morale Entertainment Foundation website, and/or through the USS Yorktown Association.  


Patriots Point has signed a contract with Morale Entertainment Foundation to host the 2012 Carrier Classic on the flight deck of the USS YORKTOWN. To be played on November 9, 2012, it will feature a double-header pitting the women’s teams of Ohio State University and the University of Notre Dame, and the men’s teams of Marquette University and Ohio State University.

Last year’s Carrier Classic attracted the President and First Lady of the United States to the USS Carl Vinson and garnered some of the highest-ever television ratings for that time period. The 2012 Carrier Classic will again focus attention on America’s veterans and members of the armed services, while raising money for organizations that support them. The 2012 beneficiaries are the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and Museum, and the Wounded Warrior Project. The 2011 Carrier Classic contributed almost half a million dollars to its beneficiaries.

In addition, this year’s Carrier Classic will again provide no-cost tickets for members of the military and veterans. In 2011, the Morale Entertainment Foundation provided over 7,000 free tickets to active duty military, veterans, and Wounded Warriors. Morale remains committed to organizing and producing another first class event at Patriots Point.

The Morale Entertainment Foundation, Inc., a Georgia not-for-profit corporation. Its historical mission has been to entertain and inspire members of the United States military on duty throughout the world.

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27 thoughts on “2012 Carrier Classic on the Flight Deck of the USS YORKTOWN

  1. My nephews from Milwaukee are coming for a visit to see Marquette play Ohio State in the Carrier Classic this November. How do I buy 5 tickets?

    • Thank you for your inquiry! The host of the event, Morale Entertainment Foundation, will be handling all ticket sales for this event. As soon as we have details regarding the price, where they can be purchased, and the date they will be available, we will be sure to share them with you!

  2. I am a retired Marine, and a huge Ohio State Buckeye fan living here in Goose Creek, SC. How do I go about obtaining tickets for the Carrier Classic in November? My wife and I would both love to attend the function, but have no clue how to obtain tickets! Please advise.

    Thanks, and Semper Fi!!

    • Thank you for your inquiry, Mr. Kramer. Morale Entertainment Foundation will be handling all ticket sales for this event. As soon as we have details (price, where they can be purchased, and the date they will be available), we will be sure to post them on the website.

    • Hello Ms. Harriss,

      Thank you for your interest. We won’t be able to contact everyone individually; but we will be sure to post the information on our website. Please check back on our website for updates!

  3. I see that most tickets are going to active duty and veterans. I’m active duty Navy and was wondering where/when active duty can get tickets?

    • Hi Luke,

      Thank you for your service. Yes, Morale Entertainment Foundation will be giving some of the tickets to the Wounded Warriors, as well as active duty service members. For more information about how you can get a ticket, your best bet is to contact them directly: carrierclassic2012tickets@​moralefoundation.org

  4. I am planning a visit on Veteran’s Day with my father who served on the Essex-Class Carrier the U.S.S. Shangri-La. Will the Yorktown be open for tours and back to it’s regular floating museum display status on November 11th?

    • Hello Mr. Richardson,

      Thank you for your comment. The Yorktown will be open for tours on Veterans’s Day; but it is possible that there may be some areas that are not available to tour following the Carrier Classic. We will do our best to keep everyone updated with the latest information we have available regarding potential closures of tour routes. We’ll post any updates on our website and to our facebook page. Thank you!

      P.S. An interesting tidbit of information regarding our museum — the Yorktown actually isn’t floating in the Charleston Harbor. We’re sunk in 20+ feet of pluff mud! (When Hurricane Hugo – a category 4 storm – passed through Charleston in 1989, we only moved a few inches!)

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  6. PLEASE provide me with all info that I need to bring my grandson to tour the Yorktown. I am a former member of the United States Navy.
    Hayes Jack ADJ3
    NAS PAX River – Service Test Div.
    Aircraft F8U 2N 145557
    Pilot Lt Knutson
    We look forward to our visit

    • Hello Mr. Hayes,

      Thank you for your note. We’re open every day from 9 am – 6:30 pm. Parking is available for $5/vehicle, and the last ticket sold to visit the ship is at 5 pm.

      Our ticket pricing is as follows:
      Adults (12+) – $18
      Seniors (62+) – $15
      Active Duty Military w/ ID – $15
      Active Duty Military in Uniform – Free
      Children (6 to 11) – $11
      Children under 6 with Adult Ticket – Free

      Hope this helps!

    • Hi Caitlynn,

      The tickets will be sold by Morale Entertainment Foundation and there will be a limited number available. We do not know the pricing just yet; but we will be sure to post the information as soon as it is available. In the meantime, if you wish to contact them directly, please email carrierclassic2012tickets@moralefoundation.org. Thank you!

  7. I am planning a trip to visit Patriot’s Point on Nov 8th. Will Patriot’s Point be closed to the public the day before the Carrier Classic?

    • Hi Linda,

      Thank you for your inquiry. We are working with Morale Entertainment to finalize a schedule for Patriots Point as related to the Carrier Classic. We will be sure to share those details as soon as they are available.

  8. Will Morale Entertainment be putting up big screens outside of the event for non-ticket holders to come out and watch? Or, are there any other planned activities leading up to the game?

  9. Have you heard if Patriot’s Point will be opened to the public yet on Nov 8th, the day before the Classic? We have planned our vacation to Charleston around a trip to Patriot’s Point and need to know if I should cancel.
    Thanks for any info you can give me.

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