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Croquet 2017

The Annapolis Cup croquet match, scheduled for April 22, 2017, will be the 35th anniversary of the first competition between St. John’s and the Naval Academy. With that in mind, a few important changes have been made to the program.

Ground Rules

Over 35 years, the event has grown from an informal reunion into a community-wide party that drew more than 7,000 people in 2016. As the event grew, cost and complexity also increased. So that we can continue hosting this beloved tradition in a sustainable way, this year the college will set an attendance cap of 5,000 and sell $10 tickets for admission.


Proceeds of ticket sales will benefit student financial aid at St. John’s College.

  • St. John’s students and Midshipmen can attend free by showing their student ID on game day, and do not need tickets.
  • St. John's alumni buy tickets at half-price ($5 each) from March 6 to 12, 2017, for themselves and non-alumni in their party, including family and friends.
  • Children aged 12 and under can attend for free—no tickets required.
  • Tickets will go on sale to the general public for $10 each on March 13, 2017.
  • Any remaining tickets will be sold at the gate on game day, on a first-come, first-served basis, until we reach our limit of 5,000 guests.

Food and Drinks

  • No outside alcohol permitted on campus.
  • All guests wishing to purchase and/or consume alcohol must show identification (proof of age) and will be given a wrist band.
  • Champagne, wine, and beer will be available only with tickets.
  • Food and soft drinks will be available for cash purchase on campus.
  • Grills and pets are not permitted on campus.
  • Coolers and bags are subject to inspection.
  • Purchased alcohol is not permitted outside the match grounds.

General Information

  • There will be five designated entrances to the match site.
  • Guests are not permitted to set up spaces before 10 a.m. on the morning of the match. (Students living on campus are the exception.)
  • Only lawn chairs, blankets, and tables lower than two feet are permitted in the area around the match site.
  • We ask guests to kindly remove all trash from their spaces and leave in designated areas.
  • All personal items must be removed from the campus by 7 p.m. or they become the property of St. John’s College.


Free weekend parking is available at the state garage at the corner of St. John and Calvert streets. Paid parking is also available at other nearby city lots: Noah Hillman Parking Garage (Main Street), Gotts Court Parking Garage (250 Northwest Street), Whitmore Garage (37 Clay Street), and the Naval Academy Stadium (shuttle bus available). See where to park in downtown Annapolis.


We invite you to stay at one of the accommodations listed on our Business Friends page. These businesses support the college and frequently offer discounts to the college community. Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County for more lodging information.


Join our growing team of sponsors for the croquet match! Contact Molly Burnett at