FENWAY HURLING CLASSIC AND IRISH FESTIVAL
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Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival Tickets
Associations: The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)
Hurling Classic and Irish Festival TicketsThe sport of hurling is thought to be one of the world's oldest field games. It is a game of strength, agility and intensity and is called the "fastest game on grass." In hurling, the players use a wooden stick called a hurley to hit a small ball known as a sliotar between the goalposts, either over or under the crossbar. The New York Hurling Classic featured a modified form of hurling with a pitch of 11 people instead of 12 and only allowed goals for hits over the crossbar. Citi Field in New York City was the 2019 host site for the Hurley Classic, which was combined with a festival that celebrated Irish cultural contributions to America. Previously, the Hurley Classic had been held in Boston. Every Hurley Classic not only has presented the unique Irish game of hurling but has also been a showcase for the Irish spirit of New York City and Boston, with the inclusion of many Irish American organizations and performing groups. Get your Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival tickets at StubHub.
Where is the Hurling Classic and Irish Festival held?The Hurling Classic has been held at both Fenway Park and Citi Field. The Fenway Classic took place in 2015, 2017 and 2018, and the New York Hurling Classic was held in 2019. Citi Field has been the home of the New York Mets Major League Baseball team since 2009 after the Mets left their previous home at Shea Stadium, and it is a modern, high-tech facility that seats 42,000. Fenway Park is the home of the Boston Red Sox and is the oldest stadium in MLB, having been built in 1912. Fenway Park is still very popular among Bostonians and other fans. It seats 39,605 and retains much of its original charm and history. The famous 37-foot-high wall called the "Green Monster" that is the backdrop to left field now displays the scoreboard. Future dates and venues for the Hurling Classic have not yet been announced.
Where are the Irish hurling teams from?For the 2019 New York Hurling Classic, there were four Irish senior hurling teams: the 2019 All-Ireland titleholder Tipperary, 2019 runner-up Kilkenny, Wexford and Limerick.
What is the schedule for the Hurling Classic and Irish Festival?The 2019 New York Hurling Classic took place at Citi Field in New York City on Saturday, Nov. 16. The format was a three-game tournament in which four Irish counties competed for the Players Champions Cup, first introduced at the second Hurling Classic at Fenway Park in 2017. Each of the games ran 40 minutes.
What is the fan experience at the Hurling Classic and Irish Festival?The New York Hurling Class was accompanied by an Irish festival, held just before the tournament games. It was held from 11 a.m. to noon and featured performances from the NYPD Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society, the McManus Irish Dance and Jiggy Tots dance company and The Prodigals, an Irish punk band. Fans were also able to enjoy presentations from the Irish Arts Center, the Irish Network NYC, the Send in the Clowns troupe, the New York Irish Center and the Shannon Gaels GAA, a NYC youth hurling organization. Attendees could test their skills with an Irish hurley by hitting a sliotar, and the winner received a pair of tickets for a 2020 New York Mets game.
Who won the 2019 New York Hurling Classic?Kilkenny won the New York Hurling Classic Players Champions Cup with a 24-point lead over Limerick. Kilkenny had beaten Tipperary earlier with a 50-point win, and Limerick won against Wexford. The scorers for Kilkenny were Alan Murphy (24), Billy Ryan (18), Conor Fogarty (6), Ger Aylward (4), Liam Blanchfield (4), Michael Cody (4) and Luke Scanlon (4).
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