Thanks to their overwhelming success over the last few seasons, Darien and New Canaan’s annual ‘Turkey Bowl’ Thanksgiving Day game has become the most anticipated game of the Connecticut High School Football Calendar.
The two program have played for state championships every year since 2013 and both won state titles last season, and …and they’re ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively which has only ratcheted up interest to insane levels.
Since the two teams met for the FCIAC championship the last two seasons, fans were fortunate enough to get the game moved to Stamford’s Boyle Stadium, whose 10,000-seat capacity was just about enough to satisfy the demand.
But this year, because there is no longer an FCIAC championship game and because Stamford is using Boyle — its home field — to play its annual Thanksgiving game vs. Westhill, the Turkey Bowl will be played at New Canaan’s Dunning Field for the first time since 2013.
New Canaan and Darien put their 4,700 allotted tickets on sale at noon Monday.
No shock here: They sold out within 40 minutes.
So unless you have a friend living in either town who has access to tickets, you’re out of luck.
You’ll just have to watch the game via the HAN Network or, if you have Frontier Cable, on its Vantage Sports Network (which is broadcasting the HAN stream). Kickoff is set for 10:30 a.m.
According to reports, New Canaan looked into playing the game on Wednesday night at Boyle Stadium, but ultimately decided against it. There were also thoughts about moving the game to either Fairfield Prep’s Rafferty Stadium or Sacred Heart’s Campus Field, but neither venue offered much more capacity.
Instead, New Canaan focused on increasing the Dunning Field’s 3,000 capacity. Just like in 2004, when it hosted the FCIAC Championship game between Greenwich and Bridgeport Central, New Canaan has brought in extra bleachers and, including standing room only, managed to bump it up to 4,700.
Because of the high demand, the schools announced they would be selling their tickets over three days beginning Nov. 21. The teams and New Canaan season ticket holders, were given first dibs the Friday before.
New Canaan’s 2,800 tickets sold by 12:37. Darien’s allotment of 1,900 sold five minutes after it opened.