WALLINGFORD — About 700 tickets remain for the 46th annual Samaha Bowl between the Sheehan and Lyman Hall powder puff teams.
Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fitzgerald Field at Lyman Hall. Thousands are expected to attend.
Lyman Hall athletic director Steven Baker said tickets will be made available to the public at Sheehan starting Tuesday morning, and at Lyman Hall on Tuesday afternoon. Tickets cost $5 for students and senior citizens and $7 for adults.
Baker, who has been athletic director at Lyman Hall for four years, says the game has frequently sold out during his tenure.
“It’s such a popular event, who knows how many tickets we probably really could sell,” Baker said.
Baker said some fans are typically turned away from the game due to its popularity.
“We’ve built up such a great thing,” Baker said. “That’s the hardest part for us. We wish could have more.”
Fire Marshal Michael Gudelski said the max capacity for the event will be 4,000. In 2015, the max capacity was increased from 2,900.
Named for founder Judy Samaha, the first Samaha Bowl was played in 1971. Last year, Lyman Hall topped Sheehan, 36-19. It was the Trojans first Samaha Bowl win since 2013.
Both teams will participate in police-escorted motorcades Tuesday night.
“Everyone’s excited,” Baker said. “Granted it’s a rivalry, but I think it’s in good spirit.”
“Powder puff is so popular with students and families because it is steeped in tradition,” School Superintendent Sal Menzo said. “It is more than a football game. It is a rite of passage for the students. This is a community event that gets incredible support.”
Gates will open for the Samaha Bowl at 1:15 p.m. Parking is limited and fans are encouraged to carpool to the game. There will also be extra parking at the Church of the Resurrection, and a bus will shuttle fans to and from the school.