Ski and snowboard big air competition coming to Fenway Park
It’s time to get wicked stoked.
Fenway Park, Boston’s 103-year-old sports cathedral, will host a ski and snowboard big air competition in February, according to NBC Sports, which plans to televise the event.
A ramp descending from center field to home plate will reportedly peak at 110 feet high, roughly three times taller than the Green Monster. Some seats will be covered by the ramp, but most, including Monster seats, will be available for viewing aerial feats under lights that normally shine on Big Papi and the Red Sox.
The snowboarding competition is scheduled Feb. 11 from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., followed by the ski program Feb. 12 from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network.
Big air competitors perform a single trick on each run and receive scores from a panel of judges. Snowboard big air will make its Olympic debut in 2018, but big air skiing events are not in the Olympic repertoire.
Other offseason sporting events at Fenway have included soccer matches and hockey games, and the stadium will host a football game between Boston College and Notre Dame on Nov. 21.
“We’re always looking to provide our fans with opportunities to experience the very best in competitive sports and entertainment and hosting an official [US Ski and Snowboard Association] event live at Fenway Park certainly fits that criteria,” said Red Sox chief operating officer Sam Kennedy.
John Henry, principal owner of the Red Sox, also owns The Boston Globe.
Last winter, the Sox built a 20-foot sledding hill in the outfield and opened it to the public for $25 per hour. But that hill will be dwarfed by the one created for action sports professionals next winter.