This weekend, professional ice skaters will launch themselves down a hill of ice in Fenway Park at an event created and managed by Red Bull. Intrigued? We are. It would take a lot more than energy drinks to make us fly down a mountain of ice, but we’re not as brave as the people who'll compete at Red Bull Crashed Ice 2019 when it comes to Boston.
“Ice Cross Downhill is one of the fastest and most exciting winter sports and we are excited to be hosting it at Fenway Park. We want to thank Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston for supporting our ongoing efforts to present Fenway Park as a year-round entertainment destination,” Mark Lev, managing director of Fenway, tells Metro. “[We] also express our gratitude to Red Bull for selecting Fenway Park to host the US stop of Red Bull Crashed Ice.”
Here's everything you need to know about Red Bull Crashed Ice 2019 in Boston.
What is Red Bull Crashed Ice 2019 in Boston?
The competition is an extreme sport skating event. Skaters speed down a course at 50 mph in order to cross the finish line first.
This year’s 2,000 ft. track will wrap around the park giving viewers an even view of the action. The unique shape follows the same path of the baseball field, paying homage to Fenway.
The course also involves steep drop-offs, sharp turns and sudden inclines that launch competitors into the air. Fast, scary and dangerous. We guess that “Red Bull gives you wings” and a lot of courage.
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When is Red Bull Crashed Ice 2019 in Boston?
The competitions will take place on Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9, at Fenway Park, located at 4 Jersey St. On Friday, the doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
The LCQ Rounds, or the Last Chance Qualifiers, will begin at 7 p.m. This round gives the lower ranked skaters a chance to qualify for the Finals.
On Friday, it will only be the LCQ rounds, the Freestyle Rounds, and the Junior Cup Finals, but not the official Men and Women’s Finals which will take place on Saturday. The following day, the doors will open again at 5:30 p.m.
The Opening Ceremony will start at 8 p.m., with the Women’s Finals at 9 p.m. and the Men’s Finals at 9:15 p.m. By 10 p.m., there will be two crowned winners for the men's and woman's teams. For more information, check out redbullcrashedice.com.