Fenway Park Will Host Hurling Match In November, With 20,000 Fans Expected
The ancient Irish sport of hurling "will return to Fenway Park" for the "first time in more than 60 years when teams from Galway and Dublin" face off Nov. 22, according to Andrew Ryan of the BOSTON GLOBE. Fenway Park is "set to host" a Notre Dame-Boston College football game the day before, and the reconfiguration "will allow organizers to shoehorn a hurling pitch into the snug ballpark." However, the configuration willbe "smaller than fields in Ireland and will necessitate rule changes." The event "will be part of an Irish festival that will include food, dancing, music, and a performance by the Celtic punk band the Dropkick Murphys." Hurling "has not been played at Fenway Park" since '54. A similar hurling match "was held in South Bend at Notre Dame’s lacrosse stadium" in '13. That event "drew a capacity crowd of roughly 5,000." Organizers in Boston "hope to draw 20,000 or more spectators" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/16). The match will be played "in a Super 11s format; an eleven aside adaptation of traditional hurling where only goals can be scored." The format was developed "specifically to allow hurling to be played in venues where the pitch size is smaller" (IRISHTIMES.com, 9/15).