During November, New Yorkers will be treated to the Irish sport of hurling on their local territory. The New York Hurling Classic is set to take place at Citi Field on the 16th of November. This three-game tournament is bound to be a feast of Irish sport.
The New York Classic hopes to follow in the immensely successful footstep of Fenway Park. During 2015, 2017 and 2018 Fenway Park in Boston was already home to three hugely successful hurling tournaments. The tournament will be featuring some well-known hurling teams. Teams from Limerick, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Wexford will attend the event. These teams are all representing regions within Ireland, where hurling is very prominent.
The game of hurling is one of the oldest sports not only in Ireland but also globally. Many consider hurling to be the fastest sport played in the world. This outdoor sport, which is considered to be amateur, is played with a wooden stick which is called a hurl and a small leather ball called a sliotar. The objective is for players to hit the sliotar through the goalposts to score.
If the sliotar goes over the crossbar, it counts as one point, and if it goes through underneath the crossbar and into a net which is protected by the goalkeeper, then it is counted as three points. The rules also stipulate that the sliotar can be caught in the hand and carried forward for no more than four steps. It can also be slapped and kicked, and it can be hit mid-air. If players want to take the sliotar for more than the allowed four steps, then they must bounce the sliotar on the hurl while moving forward.
Hosting the Hurling Tournament
The hurling tournament is being hosted as a combined effort between the Fenway Sports Management and the Metropolitan Hospital. They manage any games at Citi Field which are not Mets games. The tournament is held with the assistance of the Gaelic Athletic Association. This is the formal sporting body in charge of hurling.
The All Ireland Hurling Championship
This annual event takes place in Dublin in front of a crowd capacity of 82 000 people. Every third Sunday of August, 15 countries from all over Ireland compete against each other to earn this very prestigious trophy in Irish sports. Of these teams which are deemed to be the most successful over the years are Tipperary and Kilkenny, and they are both scheduled to play at this tournament on Citi Field as well. The battle on Citi Field will hence be something to look forward to, especially by the large Irish community which are living in New York and who are keeping the game alive abroad with regular competitions. The tournament will also deliver on an actual Irish festival with Irish dancing and music.