The AIG Fenway Hurling Classic is stepping up a gear in its second year with four teams playing three matches at the iconic Boston venue of Fenway Park and all being televised for the first time on TG4.
Dublin will face Galway and Clare take on Tipperary in a doubleheader of semi final matches with the winners then taking each other on to determine the 2017 Champions.
The games will take place under the Super 11s rules which were specifically designed by the GAA and GPA to allow hurling be played in stadia around the world which may not be big enough to accommodate a full-size GAA pitch. Galway beat Dublin in the original AIG Fenway Hurling Classic back in November 2015 in front of over 28,000 spectators.
A new trophy for the tournament is being created by the GAA and GPA.
“The strong demand and positive response to the inaugural AIG Fenway Hurling Classic in 2015 prompted us to make this year’s event even bigger and better,” said Fenway Sports Management Managing Director Mark Lev.
“The game’s exciting combination of speed, skill, constant action and scoring has really resonated with fans.”
“We’re excited to announce the addition of a third match and the introduction of the new tournament format, which will result in one team hoisting our inaugural trophy.”
“This will be a can’t-miss day on the New England sports calendar and we’re grateful to partners AIG, the GPA and GAA for enabling us to add yet another dynamic event to the sporting calendar at Fenway Park.”
“Along with the championship trophy, there will be an intense Irish pride for teams and counties competing in the championship match,” added GPA Chief Executive Officer Dermot Earley.
“The new tournament format is going to bring the best out of a fierce group of competitors. It will be an unforgettable day for fans, players and the sport of hurling as a whole.”
In addition to the Hurling Classic, AIG and Fenway Sports Management have teamed up to offer attendees a lively Irish festival complete with Irish food, music and dancing.
Aer Lingus has also signed on as the Official Airline of the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival and will transport the four teams from Ireland to Boston as well as presenting a live stream of the games in November.
Dublin’s new hurling manager has yet to be named after a meeting to ratify a replacement for Ger Cunningham was cut short last night due to “unforeseen circumstances.” There was some speculation that the Executive Group was split down the middle on the appointment of either Pat Gilroy or Mattie Kenny.
It was announced to the club delegates that an appointment would be confirmed ahead of this weekend and that the new Dublin Manager would be traveling with the team to Boston.
AIG, Dublin GAA, the Gaelic Players Association and the GAA are among the more than 230 organisations that play an active part of the Sport for Business community.
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