Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, David Ortiz, Curt Schilling, Carlton Fisk and Carl Yastrzemski are just a fraction of the prolific athletes to have showcased their talents for the Boston Red Sox at the beloved Fenway Park. On February 11-12, 2016, skiing and snowboarding’s top names will join the list of heavy hitters to have strut their stuff in the iconic stadium; here’s what you need to know about the Polartec Big Air at Fenway Park.
#BigAirFenway By The Numbers:
- In its 103-year history, the ballpark has never hosted skiing or snowboarding events.
- 40 men and 20 women will compete for a grand prize purse of $150,000.
- The scaffolding will stand 140 feet high, 7 feet taller than the light towers above the Green Monster; for perspective, the Green Monster left field wall is 37 feet high.
- Each competitor will be given 2 qualifying runs to make finals. The top 10 men and 6 women will advance to finals, where they will each get 3 runs.
- Riders will have to clear a 70-foot gap from the 14-foot takeoff to the landing.
- The drop-in ramp is steep, like 38-degrees steep.
- Athletes will reach speeds between 35 and 40 MPH.
- Cost of a Fenway Frank: $5.25
- Number of Snapchats (freeskier_mag) and live tweets (@freeskier) expected to be shared by our team: 69,000, possibly more.
- Number of raging parties to be hosted by FREESKIER at Tequila Rain nightclub: 1
- The big air will be viewed by 10’s of millions worldwide through global broadcast distribution.
- The Big Air at Fenway is a sanctioned 1) U.S. Grand Prix, 2) FIS World Cup and 3) Platinum Level AFP event.
- NBC Sports Network will air live coverage Thursday, Feb. 11, from 8:30-10:00 P.M. EST of the snowboarding event and Friday, Feb. 12, from 9:00-10:30 P.M. of the freeskiing event; a Best Of Show program airs on NBC Saturday, Feb. 13, from 5:00-6:00 P.M. EST. Live streaming will also be available on NBC Sports Live Extra.
For more information, visit redsox.com/bigair.