This year’s event will mark the third time in four years that Super 11s has been played in the iconic Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox. Limerick, Clare, Wexford and Cork will compete in the 2018 installment of the The Fenway Hurling Classic. Clare, the reigning Super 11 Champions face their Munster compatriots Cork; Cork defeated them back during the summer in the Munster Final, both teams went onto reach the All-Ireland semi-finals this year, and will be looking to go one step further in 2019. Current All-Ireland champions Limerick face Davy Fitzgerald’s Wexford in the other semi-final.
The Fenway Hurling Classic 2018 is a joint initiative by the GAA and GPA to make it easier for the game to travel to pastures new and provide a forum for experimentation and development. It was developed specifically by the GPA in conjunction with the GAA to allow hurling to be played in stadiums all over the world where the pitch size is smaller than a traditional hurling pitch.
GPA CEO Paul Flynn commented saying “I am delighted that hurling is returning to Fenway Park. I experienced the games in 2017 as a spectator and found it a thoroughly enjoyable event. We feel proud to showcase the great game of hurling along with our outstanding players in one of the most iconic sports stadiums in the world,”
The two semi-finals will last 40 minutes with the winners proceeding to the final on the same day, Sunday November 18 – all three games to be broadcast live on TG4, GAAGO and NESN in the United States