Police Warn Of Crowds At First Darien High Football Game Under The Lights

DARIEN, Conn. — Darien High is bracing for a big crowd this week for "Friday Night Lights" — the first-ever football game played at night in town. 

Darien High will play its first night game under the lights on Friday.

Darien High will play its first night game under the lights on Friday.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Darien Athletic Foundation

The Darien Blue Wave will take on the Senators from Norwalk's Brien McMahon High at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, in their home opener.    

Darien won its season opener last Saturday in an away game at Ridgefield High, 38-12.

With a large crowd expected, Darien police have issued a traffic advisory for the big game. 

The Darien Police Department will enforce traffic regulations and monitor security closely on Friday at Darien High School.

All traffic will enter the DHS campus from Noroton Avenue. High School Lane and Nutmeg Lane will be closed to incoming traffic. Spectators are strongly urged to carpool as parking at the high school is limited, police said.

Due to the large number of vehicles expected, parking regulations and designated tow away zones will be strictly enforced. A handicap permit is required to park in the limited handicap parking spaces available. 

When parking capacity has been reached, Noroton Avenue Extension will be closed to vehicular traffic.

Additional parking is available at United Methodist Church, the Darien Community Association, Middlesex Middle School and McGuane Field. No parking will be allowed on Noroton Avenue and in those areas that are specifically designated as “No Parking.”

Spectators are reminded that the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages on school property is not allowed. This will be strictly enforced. 

No tailgating will be allowed on school property due to safety concerns and the large number of vehicles expected.

All bags, backpacks and coolers will be subject to inspection. Spectators will not be allowed to bring bottles into the game.

At the conclusion of the game, incoming traffic will not be allowed onto DHS campus grounds until the parking lots are clear.

DHS campus grounds will close to the public after all parking lots are clear.

"Cooperation of the public is appreciated and will ensure a safe and enjoyable evening for everyone," Darien police said.

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