Legendary Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and legends of the sport of baseball, will now host the best athletes of skiing and snowboarding at the newly announced Big Air competition coming to Boston February 2016.
Announced today at the U.S Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Partner Summit in Park City, Fenway Sports Management and USSA agreed in principle to bring a Big Air freeski and snowboard competition February 11-12, 2016,
A 150 foot tall drop-in plus landing ramp will reside in the famous Fenway outfield, bringing the mountain competition to the urban environment.
“Our intentions are to stage the biggest and best big air competition in the history of the sport at a place where there is so much sports history,” said Michael Jaquet, USSA CMO. ” This event will be a party atmosphere celebrating the progression of the sport by showcasing athletes doing huge tricks but also bringing music and other activities for everyone to participate in.”
Big Air skiing and snowboarding athletes attempt mid air tricks after launching from the 150 foot drop in ramp. Big Air continues its rise of popularity largely in part to venues such as X Games and Air+Style.
While the contract has not been finalized, USSA and Fenway Sports will split the costs of revenue utilizing the full capabilities that Fenway had to offer to “maximize our full advantage of the venue and to build the best event,” said Jaquet.
Despite missing the final vote of added Olympic program disciplines for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the IOC subsequently added Big Air Snowboarding into the event,leaving off skiing.
Spokesman for the event and Olympic Gold Medalist Joss Christensen was all smiles announcing the event as a participating athlete.
“Big Air is one of the best visual events for skiing and snowboarding and we are excited to continue to expand the sport,” said Christensen. “Even though big air skiing was left out of the 2018 Olympics, we know that by having these events, plus the backing of USSA that we will be included soon.”