Polartec Big Air at Fenway kicks off Thursday
Fresh off last weekend's halfpipe World Cup extravaganza in Park City, UT the world's best freestyle snowboarders are descending on Boston to take over one of America's most iconic baseball venues as the U.S. Grand Prix will break new ground in 2016 when it presents the Polartec Big Air at Fenway on February 11th, 2016.
The gigantic scaffolding ramp for this season's first big air World Cup is situated in the centre of Boston’s Fenway Park.
Never before has the U.S. Grand Prix featured a big air-only event which will actually be the third ever big air World Cup in the US since Mt. Bachelor, OR (2004) and Denver (2011).
The scaffolding drop in at Fenway will reach a height of 140 feet – taller than the stadium lights and nearly four times the height of the famed Green Monster at the 104-year-old venue.
World's best ready to drop in
The Fenway Park will play host to one of the deepest and strongest fields ever seen to perform at an in-city big air event led by Sochi slopestyle gold medallists Jamie Anderson (USA) and Sage Kotsenburg (USA).
Both US team riders will be accompanied by a strong armada from the hosting nation including the likes of Karly Shorr, Ty Walker, Jessika Jenson as well as Kyle Mack, Ryan Stassel, Eric Beauchemin, Eric Willet and Charles Guldemond.
The international field also features athletes like Spencer O'Brien (CAN), reigning world champion Elena Koenz and her Swiss teammate Lia-Mara Boesch, Cheryl Maas (NED), Silje Norendal (NOR) and Katie Ormerod (GBR) in the women's event.
Canadian's Max Parrot, Tyler Nicholson and Michael Ciccarelli as well as Billy Morgan (GBR), Mons Roysland (NOR) and Seppe Smits (BEL) are some of the men to watch out for.
Concerts and films at Fenway
With a festival-type atmosphere, a Boston-themed line-up of musical acts are slated to perform including the bands American Authors and Bad Rabbits, along with a premiere of Teton Gravity Research’s new film The Sammy C Project. Tickets are still available online.
The big air Snowboard World Cup event will be broadcasted on NBC and NBCSN along with live streaming of the finals on nbcsports.com and on the NBC Sports LiveExtra app. Live scoring information for the big air World Cup in Boston can be found here on the event day.
Qualifiers will kick off on Thursday, February 11th, 2016, at 9:55 AM EST (3:15 PM CET) with the men. Women are supposed to follow at 2 PM EST (8:15 PM CET).
The finals of the best six women and top ten men are scheduled for 8 PM EST (2 AM CET next day).
The full schedule can be viewed here.
The finals will feature three runs with the score of each rider's two best different tricks counting.