City of Boston and Fenway Sports Management Announces
AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival at Fenway Park on November 22
World’s fastest field sport returns to Fenway Park for the first time since 1954 as two of the sport’s biggest teams –Dublin and 2015 All-Ireland Finalist Galway – compete on the pitch at the iconic ballpark
Boston, MA (September 15, 2015) – Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, along with Fenway Sports Management (FSM), American International Group (AIG), the Gaelic Players Association (GPA), and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) announced that the sport of hurling will return to Fenway Park for the first time in more than 60 years with the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival on November 22, 2015.
2015 All-Ireland Finalist Galway will take-on Dublin in an exhibition comprising some of the top hurling players from the Emerald Isle. Hurling, believed to be the world’s oldest field game, combines agility, strength and intensity to make it one of the fastest paced games played.
“Boston and Ireland have such a strong connection and it is thrilling to see one of the country’s native games will be played on our city’s most beloved ball park,” said Boston Mayor Walsh. “Hurling is among the most exhilarating games played in the world and our city is proud to host one of Ireland’s most traditional sports.”
AIG has been an official sponsor to the Dublin GAA since November 2013 and has been committed to raising the profile of hurling and other Gaelic Games to a broader global audience.
“We are very excited to bring the game of hurling to a legendary venue for our fans and introduce the game to new fans in the United States,” said Ronald Willett, President, Northeast Zone, AIG. “The All-Ireland Final draws interest from all over the world and we hope this event will help continue to grow the fan base of hurling globally.”
Tickets for the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival go on-sale on Thursday, September 17 at 10:00 a.m. ET. The event will also be streamed live for hurling fans globally on www.redsox.com/irishfestival.
“Following a very successful All-Ireland Final where we drew 82,000 in attendance and had an audience of over two million people watching globally, we could not be more thrilled to bring hurling to one of the most iconic American sports venues in Fenway Park,” said GPA Chief Executive Dessie Farrell. “Dublin and Galway will put on a fantastic display for the spectators, showcasing the wonderful skills and courage of hurling and will help further the growth and interest of hurling in the US.”
GAA Director General Páraic Duffy added, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase what is commonly viewed as Ireland’s national game on the coveted stage that is Fenway Park. Our games have never enjoyed a higher profile outside Ireland and knowing the importance of Fenway Park to American sports fans, we hope this event involving two of our top teams will further elevate the status of our game to sporting enthusiasts across the city and further afield.”
In addition to the Hurling Classic, AIG and FSM have teamed up to offer attendees a lively Irish festival complete with Irish food, music, and dancing. Additional details about the Irish Festival will be continuously posted at the event website. For more details on the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival and ticket information, please visit www.redsox.com/irishfestival.
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