Clare will defend its title against three counties, including 2018 All-Ireland Champs Limerick. Cork and Wexford will round out the group competing in the world's "fastest field sport" when it returns to iconic Fenway Park for a third time in four years.
Fenway Sports Management (FSM) announced today that the popular Irish sport of hurling will return to Fenway Park with a four-team tournament on Sunday, November 18. Building off the highly successful Fenway Park events of 2015 and 2017, the four counties will compete for the Players Champions Cup, which was introduced at the 2017 event. Tickets for the three-game hurling tournament will go on sale Thursday, September 20 at noon at www.redsox.com/hurling.
In partnership with the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and supported by Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national carrier, FSM will bring ‘Ireland’s Ancient Warrior Sport’ back to Fenway for the third time in four years after a 61-year absence dating back to 1954. Hurling, widely believed to be the world’s oldest field game, combines agility, strength and intensity, earning it the reputation as the “fastest game on grass” among its loyal and passionate followers.
“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 Mayor 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, 50-33, in the 2017 final. Clare is joined by 2018 All-Ireland champion Limerick, with Cork and Wexford also vying for the trophy.
“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.”
The Fenway hurling event will feature the very best and most competitive hurling rivals from Ireland beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET. In addition to the hurling tournament, the event will feature a lively Irish festival complete with Irish food, music and dancing.
For more information about hurling’s return to Fenway Park and to purchase tickets, please visit www.redsox.com/hurling.