Due to the traditionally large turnout for the Thanksgiving Day football game between Darien and New Canaan High Schools, the Darien Police Department advises that the following traffic regulations are being put into effect for the area surrounding Darien High School on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 24, 2022.
— an announcement from Darien Police
Those attending should plan for traffic delays and needing extra time to arrive at this event. All vehicle traffic will enter the DHS campus via Noroton Avenue. High School Ln. and Nutmeg Lane will be closed to incoming vehicle traffic at 7 a.m. Those walking to the event will be permitted to enter at these locations.
Parking on campus is limited and will be available only to those who have the issued event parking passes. Only vehicles displaying the issued event parking pass on the dashboard will be permitted to enter the Darien High School campus beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Vehicles without a parking pass are required to park at one of the satellite parking locations at Frate Park (Leroy Ave), St. Thomas More Church, Middlesex School, or the Noroton Heights Train Station. A shuttle service will be in use from Middlesex School and the Noroton Heights Train Station.
Game admission tickets and parking passes are sold out and are no longer available for this event. A handicap permit is required to park in the limited number of handicap parking spaces available.
These are available on a “first come, first serve” basis. Parking regulations and designated tow away zones will be strictly enforced. Previous experiences have resulted in illegally parked vehicles blocking driveways or restricting access to emergency vehicles. Vehicles causing these types of hazards will be towed.
When parking capacity has been reached, Noroton Avenue extension will be closed to vehicular traffic and only shuttle buses will be permitted to enter campus. UBER, Lyft, and other ride assist services will not be permitted to enter campus. It is recommended that those using these services plan accordingly for both drop off and pick up as this will need to take place off campus.
Spectators are reminded that per Darien Town Ordinance, the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages on any Darien school property is prohibited. This will be strictly enforced. No tailgating will be allowed on school property due to safety concerns and the large amount of vehicles and traffic that is expected.
All bags, backpacks and coolers will be subject to inspection. Spectators will not be allowed to bring bottles into the game. Cooperation of the public is appreciated and will ensure a safe and enjoyable event for everyone.