Football: St. Joseph, Brookfield on as scheduled

Due to the forecasted inclement weather, and the need, per CIAC by-laws, to complete the football championships this weekend, the schedule and venue for the CIAC football championships on Saturday, Dec. 14, have been altered.

The Class L final between Darien and New Canaan scheduled for 2:05 p.m. at Arute Field at Central Connecticut State will now be played at Boyle Stadium in Stamford at 11:05 a.m. on Saturday. The Class LL final between Southington and Fairfield Prep originally scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at CCSU will now be played at 1:35 p.m. The Class M final between St. Joseph and Brookfield will be played at 10 a.m. at Arute Field as scheduled. The Class S final betweenAnsonia and Woodland scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, will also be played as scheduled. Any pre-sale tickets purchased online or provided to the school will be honored at the new venues and times.

“Our primary consideration had to be making the best decisions possible to try and insure the championship games could be completed safely this weekend,” CAS-CIAC Executive Director Karissa Niehoff stated. “The strong preference was to keep the schedule as announced and host a great event at Central Connecticut, but the threat of inclement weather and the potential that the games not be completed at all forced the issue. At that point we made what we felt is the best decision for the student-athletes and fans, and we appreciate the flexibility the Central Connecticut administration and our membership have shown.”

Current weather forecasts are predicting winter weather in the early evening on Saturday, continuing into Sunday, which threatened the ability to complete the LL game scheduled for a 6p.m. start on Saturday. The weather could also make travel for teams and fans hazardous.

“We do not like making decisions based on advanced weather forecasts, but in this case the logistics of changing the schedule and giving teams, fans, and our sites as much notice as possible required an earlier decision,” Niehoff stated.

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