Fenway Park – New Sports Events Coming This Weekend - Experience Red Bull's Crashed Ice
Boston, MA - Fenway Park has hosted many concerts, football games, and baseball games for many, many years. However, now that it’s mid-winter, the baseball stadium has hardly anything to do; that’s okay because they found a way to interest some folks this upcoming weekend.
In recent years, Fenway has started to host other sporting events, like curling, ski jumping, and ice cross downhill. Though these sports don’t take up too much time from the stadium, they are still present for folks who want to attend games of the sort. Now, Fenway Park is going beyond that by hosting this year’s Red Bull’s Crashed Ice event.
Red Bull’s Crashed Ice event will only happen this weekend at Fenway Park, and it’s sure to have people’s heads spinning. The sport is known as ice cross downhill, and if you head to YouTube to check out some videos of the athletes in action, your eyes will practically be bulging out of their sockets.
Basically, ice cross downhill is a downhill race where athletes try their hardest to reach the finish line. Six skaters compete at a time, and their travel to the end is never injury-free. You see, it’s not just a race to the end, it’s more like an obstacle course bobsled competition.
The sport has been popular amongst the Midwest for years now, but the creators saw fit to expand its horizons. The race will stop in at Fenway Park this weekend.
Athletes that wanted to be involved in the race have been battling for spots to skate the course for months now. On December 3, 2018, trial courses were set up at Boston’s Steriti Rink in the North End of Boston for athletes to compete. Eight men and eight women moved on to the New Hampshire qualifier, where other men and women from surrounding areas competed to be a part of this weekend’s races.
The rules go as follows: the skaters will be ready to start the obstacle course track at the beginning. They all will be given a 5-second warning. Within those 5 seconds, the buzzer will go off, signifying that the race has begun. The trick is that they will not know the exact second it is to sound. All skaters will be required to wear shoulder pads, hockey pants, helmets, gloves, and hockey skates to enter the race and prevent injury as best as possible.
The doors open on Friday, February 8, 2019, at 5:30 p.m., and will close at 10:00 p.m. Doors will open and close at the same time on Saturday, February 9, 2019.