District: New Canaan-Darien ‘Turkey Bowl’ Football Game To Be Held at Boyle Stadium in Stamford

District officials said Tuesday that the “Turkey Bowl”—the annual Thanksgiving Day football game between New Canaan and rival Darien—will be held at Boyle Stadium in Stamford this year and next.

The 10,000-capacity stadium “is the ideal venue for this traditional rivalry game between the schools, and we are thrilled that our student-athletes will have the opportunity to compete in this exciting environment,” according to a press release issued by New Canaan Public Schools Director of Communications Mike Horyczun.

“Neither school district’s stadium has such a large capacity, which has resulted in many community members from both towns being turned away from attending the event in the past,” it said. “After much conversation and collaboration between the schools, the decision was made to provide virtually unlimited seating for this exciting rivalry, which allows for alumni, extended families, community members, and football fans region-wide to attend the game.”

The Darien High School team is 5-0 so far this season, perched atop the FCIAC East, while New Canaan fell to 3-2 following a loss last weekend at the hands of the Greenwich Cardinals.

Details have not yet been released about purchasing tickets in advance of the game. Last year, the game was held at Dunning Stadium in New Canaan and tickets for the Rams’ side sold out in 37 minutes. No gameday tickets had been made available, leaving many fans outside the gates.

“To preempt the need to wait on lines the day of the game, spectators will be able to purchase tickets in advance at each of the schools,” the press release said. “Details will follow from the individual schools regarding the specifics of the presold tickets. Thanks to Boyle Stadium’s capacity, tickets will also be available at the gate on game day.”

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