Four counties will be competing on the famed baseball turf
By Irish Echo Staff
Hurling returns to Fenway Park on November 18 with four teams competing in a tournament for the Players Champions Cup.
Clare will defend its title against three counties, including 2018 All-Ireland champions Limerick, said organizers Fenway Sports Management in a release.
The tournament, which will also feature teams from Wexford and Cork, is being staged in partnership with the Gaelic Players Association and the Gaelic Athletic Association and is being supported by Aer Lingus which will be flying the teams from Ireland to Boston.
This will be the third time in four years that hurling will be played at Fenway, this after a 61-year absence dating back to 1954.
“I’m thrilled that hurling is coming back to Fenway Park and I am excited to welcome the teams, their fans, the Gaelic Players Association and the Gaelic Athletic Association to Boston,” said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
“Hurling is the one of the greatest games in the world and whether it’s American football in Dublin, college hockey in Belfast, or hurling right here in Fenway, it’s uniquely Irish and uniquely Boston.”
Clare returns to Fenway to defend its title from the inaugural Players Champions Cup, having defeated Galway in the 2017 final.
“Hurling has been one of the most popular offseason events that Fenway Park has hosted in recent years and the tournament format introduced last year added to the excitement,” said Fenway Sports Management Managing Director, Mark Lev.
“The thrilling combination of speed, skill and scoring has made hurling a fan favorite and a can’t miss event on the Boston sports calendar. We’re thankful to work with great partners in the City of Boston, GPA and GAA to bring this dynamic event to an exciting off-season line-up at Fenway Park.”
“We’re delighted to be part of what has turned out to be a huge success story from the beginning.
“To be able to help bring a massive part of Irish culture to Boston is something we’re very proud of,” said Aer Lingus Director of Communications, Ruth Ranson.
Tickets are now on sale at www.redsox.com/hurling