Event organizers said they want to do it again next year.
The pomp and circumstance surrounding the game, as well as players and coaches interacting with military members, seemed like a good idea to everyone.
All 3,800 seats were filled, even at $1,000 a ticket, and there were hundreds more standing in open areas around the court. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus conducted a re-enlistment ceremony at halftime. There were fireworks off the back of the 388-foot amphibious assault ship. And several professional athletes were on hand, including Olympic gold medalist swimmer Conor Dwyer and Jacksonville Jaguars players Paul Posluszny and Laurent Robinson.
“I think it’s good,” Boynton said. “I think it’s nice we get to be around the troops. We definitely look up to these guys. I definitely would do it all over again. I had a good two days here.”