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By now, we have seen a wide variety of sports be played at historic Fenway Park from Red Sox baseball to Notre Dame Fighting Irish football games, and of course the Boston Bruins hosted the Winter Classic in 2010 against the Philadelphia Flyers.Thursday night and tomorrow night (February 11-12) we will see something that has never been explored at the ballpark on Yawkey Way in all of its history, as the FIS Snowboard World Cup tour along with the U.S. Grand Prix tour will be making an appearance as Fenway Park will host “Big Air at Fenway”.
The US Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), along with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the the Fenway Sports Management (FSM) came to an agreement to arrange this prestige event. The Big Air at Fenway will feature a 140-foot ramp, which is also about three times the size of the left field Green Monster. Athletes from all around the world, including Olympians and world champions will compete for a $150,000 cash prize.
The format of the “Big Air” event consists of snowboarders and skiers to do a single trick off a ramp while being able to reach up to 40 mph, which is quite similar to a slopestyle course. The reason why this such an important event at Fenway for the sport itself is because Men’s and Women’s big air snowboarding will make its Olympic debut at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyongyang, South Korea two winters from now. This will be a showcase event, not just for athletes but the fan base as well. If the popularity catches on from this event, expect Big Air to be one of the more popular competitions in the Winter Olympics come 2018.
“Big Air at Fenway will be one of the largest events in the 20 year history of the U.S Grand Prix,” said USSA Chief Marketing Officer Michael Jacquet Ussnowboarding.com. “It will draw some of the most talented athletes in big air, including a brilliant group of olympians and olympic hopefuls. It will be a great show for spectators at Fenway Park and watching at home”.
Here is the scene for this historic winter sports event tonight:
Big Air at Fenway will feature plenty of notable winter athletes, including Olympic slopestyle skiing gold medalist Joss Christensen, big names such as slopestyle snowboarding Olympic Champion Sage Kostenburg and Olympic snowboarder Ty Walker. “I’ve never seen this much buzz about a snowboarding contest before” says the Olympic champion Kostenberg USsnowboarding . “With the Olympics coming up, it’s a great time for us to to have an event like this in the U.S. It’s going to bring a rad audience, and to do it in Fenway Park is pretty unreal”.
New England native Ty Walker (Stowe, VT) will be competing in the “Big Air at Fenway” as she has built quite the resume at just the age of 18. Walker competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi for the United States, while later in the same year won the first-ever World Cup for Women’s Big Air Snowboarding. She is a current student at Brown University, and will compete in the first ever Big Air event in the Olympics come 2018.
When asked about participating in the event tonight at Fenway Park, Walker replied by saying “being from Vermont and having this event at Fenway, at a place that holds such tradition and sports culture on the east coast, is really special to me. I’m really excited to have the opportunity to compete here and that my family can come and watch.”USSnowboarding.
This event will air live on NBCSN with men’s and women’s snowboarding events on Thursday (February 11), and men’s and women’s freestyle events Friday (February 12), coverage starts at 8:30 ET, as this will be a historic event to remember.