Trinity and Southlake set to renew rivalry in smaller-than-usual venue



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Posted on November 27, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 27 at 7:33 PM

BIRDVILLE -- The Trinity Trojans and Southlake Carroll Dragons play and draw fans like few high school football teams in the nation.

It's why more than 40,000 fans cheered them at Texas Stadium in the 2006 Class 5A playoffs.

But Saturday's playoff collision will be at the Birdville ISD Stadium, with just 12,500 seats. Some fans worry there won't be enough seats for everyone who wants to see the match up.

"I don't get it," said Trinity fan Rusty McCabe. "They're missing out on 30,000 seats."

McCabe showed up to buy his tickets on a red and black motorcycle, and wearing a red and black helmet with a "T" on the back.

He was among plenty of Trojan fans who poured into the ticket office in a steady stream Tuesday morning when tickets went on sale.

"Like hotcakes at IHOP," said Don Smith, tearing tickets and taking cash.

It was the same at the Southlake Carroll ticket window at Dragon Stadium.

"It definitely will be rocking," said Southlake Carroll alum David Coley. "But the more the merrier, I'd say."

Both schools agreed on Birdville Stadium weeks ago. The artificial turf is like new, and officials say larger venues, like Cowboys Stadium, weren't available. So Birdville will add bleachers in the end zone, and hope for the best.

District officials expect to handle the challenge, and some fans think it is for the best.

"Playing someplace like Cowboys Stadium seems too big," said David Mullins, picking up his tickets for the Trinity side.

So there might be disagreement on the place, but not the time -- get your tickets early, and arrive early for the best seats.

Kickoff is 6 p.m. Saturday.