Boston Big Air World Cup officially announced
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), along with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Fenway Sports Management (FSM), announced that Fenway Park will host a big air snowboarding and freeskiing U.S. Grand Prix tour event on February 11-12, 2016 which will serve as this season's third Snowboard Big Air World Cup tour stop.
The Big Air at Fenway will feature a 140-foot snow ramp, more than three times the height of Fenway’s Green Monster (the famed outfield wall in the baseball stadium).
Athletes from around the world, including Olympic and World Champions, will compete for a grand prize purse of $150,000.
“Big Air at Fenway will be one of the largest events in the 20-year history of the U.S. Grand Prix,” said USSA Chief Marketing Officer Michael Jaquet. “It will draw some of the most talented athletes in big air, including a brilliant group of Olympians and Olympic hopefuls. It will be a great show for spectators at Fenway Park and watching at home.”
Two of them, Olympic slopestyle champion Sage Kostenburg and Olympic snowboarder Ty Walker, helped announce the event at Fenway Park.
“I’ve never seen this much buzz about a snowboarding contest before,” said Kotsenburg. “With the Olympics coming up, it’s a great time for us to have an event like this in the U.S. It’s going to bring a rad audience, and to do it in Fenway Park is pretty unreal.”
Men’s and women’s big air snowboarding will make its Olympic debut at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Men’s big air snowboarding has been part of the FIS World Championships since 2003. It was added to the World Cup tour for women a year ago, with Walker winning the opener at a city stadium event in Istanbul.
“Being from Vermont and having this event in Fenway, at a place that holds such tradition and sports culture on the East coast, is really special to me,” said Walker. “I’m really excited to have the opportunity to compete here and that my family and friends will be able to come watch.”
Big Air at Fenway will air live on NBCSN, with men’s and women’s snowboarding events on Thursday, February 11, and men’s and women’s freeskiing events on Friday, February 12, with next day best of big air highlights Saturday, February 13 on NBC.
Tickets for the Big Air at Fenway will go on sale on November 12 at 12 p.m. For more details about Big Air at Fenway, including ticket information, please visit redsox.com/bigair.